Exaggerated Versus Representative Exemplification in News Reports

@article{Gibson1994ExaggeratedVR,
  title={Exaggerated Versus Representative Exemplification in News Reports},
  author={Rhonda Gibson and Dolf Zillmann},
  journal={Communication Research},
  year={1994},
  volume={21},
  pages={603 - 624}
}
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