Publishing the perished : the visibility of foreign death in Australian quality newspapers

Hanusch, Folker (2007) Publishing the perished : the visibility of foreign death in Australian quality newspapers. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, 125, pp. 29-40.

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The issue of media coverage of death has been under discussion by only a few scholars, and there have existed some disagreements as to just how present death is in public discourse in the Western world. This study adds to the literature on death by investigating the Australian media context. Specifically, it examines how journalists at two Australian quality newspapers, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald, cover death in their foreign news reporting. It finds that journalists express preferences for certain types of death, as well as for certain nationalities. Further, it sheds some light on just how visible death is in the news by arguing that, while present in the written word, the visual representation of death is still highly marginalised.

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ID Code: 82367
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: journalism, death, Australia, news content
ISSN: 1329-878X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 University of Queensland
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2015 23:01
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2015 12:41

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