An unnatural split: how ‘human interest’ sucks the life from significant news

@article{Parks2019AnUS,
  title={An unnatural split: how ‘human interest’ sucks the life from significant news},
  author={Perry Parks},
  journal={Media, Culture & Society},
  year={2019},
  volume={41},
  pages={1228 - 1244}
}
  • Perry Parks
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • Media, Culture & Society
Human interest might be considered the earliest of the news values, and in the past century, it has been the most flexible, allowing journalists to report and present compelling stories that lie outside more formal news definitions. In this historical and longitudinal analysis of 75 journalism textbooks from 1894 to 2016, I argue that human interest has also been a central enforcement tool for the dichotomy between emotional ‘feature’ stories and rational ‘news’ content – a dichotomy that… Expand
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