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Burglar Alarm Fatigue. Media-hype, human-interest frames and audience reactions to a real-life news serial

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The presence of media-hypes in the media’s coverage of politics and current affairs is well known. Media coverage sometimes tends to grow out of proportions, and news stories take on a life of their own. We argue that such media-hypes often use elements from the human-interest frame, and that a media-hype consisting of strong, dramatic, and emotional news stories to some degree fulfill Zaller’s notion of a positive media frenzy. In this paper we take one particular such media-hype as a starting point to examine what audiences think of this kind of coverage. Thus, we bring the notion of a media-hype together with a certain view of normative standards for journalism (Zaller), and explore if such coverage really is appreciated with news audiences. Through a survey conducted as the story peaked in the media, it finds that the audience was highly critical of the media coverage, and that members of the audience show a high degree of sophistication when they evaluate this real-life human-interest news serial as it unfolds.

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Beyer, Audun. and Figenschou, Tine. "Burglar Alarm Fatigue. Media-hype, human-interest frames and audience reactions to a real-life news serial" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC, Aug 08, 2013 <Not Available>. 2018-08-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p670434_index.html>

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Beyer, A. and Figenschou, T. , 2013-08-08 "Burglar Alarm Fatigue. Media-hype, human-interest frames and audience reactions to a real-life news serial" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC Online <PDF>. 2018-08-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p670434_index.html

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Abstract: The presence of media-hypes in the media’s coverage of politics and current affairs is well known. Media coverage sometimes tends to grow out of proportions, and news stories take on a life of their own. We argue that such media-hypes often use elements from the human-interest frame, and that a media-hype consisting of strong, dramatic, and emotional news stories to some degree fulfill Zaller’s notion of a positive media frenzy. In this paper we take one particular such media-hype as a starting point to examine what audiences think of this kind of coverage. Thus, we bring the notion of a media-hype together with a certain view of normative standards for journalism (Zaller), and explore if such coverage really is appreciated with news audiences. Through a survey conducted as the story peaked in the media, it finds that the audience was highly critical of the media coverage, and that members of the audience show a high degree of sophistication when they evaluate this real-life human-interest news serial as it unfolds.


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