People’s Responses To News Clips Suggest There Is A Greater Market For Happy Stories Than Journalists Realise

Turn on the news tonight and you’ll be bombarded with gloomy stories. You’ll hear about disasters and human suffering, political scandals and environmental destruction. Maybe there will be some good news sandwiched in there — a piece on an exciting new scientific discovery, perhaps, or a profile of a talented young musician. But overall, news coverage is predominantly negative. Why is that the case? Ultimately, of course, journalists decide what stories and issues receive coverage. ….[READ]