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Death makes the news : how the media censor and display the dead

Author: Jessica M Fishman
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2017] ©2017
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Death is considered one of the most newsworthy events, but words do not tell the whole story. Pictures are also at the epicenter of journalism, and when photographers and editors illustrate fatalities, it often raises questions about how they distinguish between a "fit" and "unfit" image of death. Death Makes the News is the story of this controversial news practice: picturing the dead. Jessica Fishman uncovers the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Fishman, Jessica M.
Death makes the news.
New York : New York University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017008039
(OCoLC)982607558
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica M Fishman
ISBN: 9780814785911 0814785913
OCLC Number: 1005979181
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Death concealed: the picture problem --
"Cold bodies are hot stuff" --
Alternative images --
The industry's ample access --
Intentionally ambiguous images --
Layers of resistance --
Word versus image --
Death revealed: exceptions to the rule --
Pictures in the popular and patrician press --
Nationality and the "newsworthy" image --
Innocence and the "newsworthy" victim --
Mass tragedy and the biggest disasters --
The fantastic feats of some photos --
Victims seeking visibility --
In the end --
Appendix: defining a postmortem picture --
Notes --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Jessica M. Fishman.

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Death is considered one of the most newsworthy events, but words do not tell the whole story. Pictures are also at the epicenter of journalism, and when photographers and editors illustrate fatalities, it often raises questions about how they distinguish between a "fit" and "unfit" image of death. Death Makes the News is the story of this controversial news practice: picturing the dead. Jessica Fishman uncovers the surprising editorial and political forces that structure how the news and media cover death. The patterns are striking, overturning long-held assumptions about which deaths are newsworthy and raising fundamental questions about the role that news images play in our society. In a look behind the curtain of newsrooms, Fishman observes editors and photojournalists from different types of organizations as they deliberate over which images of death make the cut, and why. She also investigates over 30 years of photojournalism in the tabloid and patrician press to establish when the dead are shown and whose dead body is most newsworthy, illustrating her findings with high-profile news events, including recent plane crashes, earthquakes, hurricanes, homicides, political unrest, and war-time attacks. Death Makes the News reveals that much of what we think we know about the news is wrong: while the patrician press claims that they do not show dead bodies, they are actually more likely than the tabloid press to show them-even though the tabloids actually claim to have no qualms showing these bodies.

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Fishman provides readers with a powerful and informed dissection of the presentation of both death and the corpse in contemporary American media. Weaving a rich tapestry... [in] carefully crafted, Read more...

 
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