What is the key word?
• The presentation of stories in a way that is
intended to provoke public interest or
excitement, at the expense of accuracy.
M I E S N A I S S T O N L A
• We have just defined the above key term.
• What do you know about this concept?
• Look at the statements. Identify the ones that you
think are sensationalised.
How are the sensational statements different to the nonsensational statements?
• They make you worried
• They are more exciting
• They present things as being more serious or important
than they actually are.
• To define and recognise sensationalism, and
identify it in news coverage
• To demonstrate how news coverage influences
our perception by focusing on particular
aspects of developing nations
• What do you notice? Do these link with our
Research and deconstruction
• Look at one of the following three natural
– East Africa food crisis of 2006
– Mozambique floods of 2005-2006
– Pakistan earthquake 2005
• Research and record the key, unembellished and
objective facts that answer the 5 Ws: who, what,
where, when, and why.
• Find 5 or 6 images that support the facts of the
• Cite your sources for your information.
• Find four news sources for your event. Include
text and images. For each news source it must
meet the following criteria:
– Dealing with destruction and devastation
– Dealing with the needs of those suffering after the
– Calling for help/aid/resources for the immediate and
ling term recovery and rebuilding process
– Dealing with the successful recovery and rebuilding
after the event
• Use online news resources such as Google
• Make sure you select All dates from the
• For each source complete the News Deconstruction
Chart to determine:
• Which ones are more sensational and why they were
• What was deemed “newsworthy” and why
• Why this event was newsworthy
• What elements in the stories about the events were
considered important enough for several news sources
• Whether there was any news about recovery and
rebuilding following the event, and how difficult it was
to find this information
Share your findings!
• What were or might have been left out of the
• Try to identify 3 missing elements.