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Title: Shock images in the print media
Authors: Gauci, Michelle (1998)
Keywords: Maltese newspapers
Images, Photographic
Sensationalism in journalism
Issue Date: 1998
Citation: Gauci, M. (1998). Shock images in the print media (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: This dissertation studies the readers' reaction to shocking photographs in local newspapers as well as the editors' purpose for publishing such images. Consequently, it determines whether such images should be published or not. Since the study looks at different views of people on the publishing of shocking pictures, a qualitative approach was selected. The editors of The Sunday Times, Il-Mument, and L-Orizzont, were interviewed on the policies of their newspapers regarding the use of shock images. They were shown six photographs, one of which was published in their own newspaper. They were asked whether they would publish the other five photographs and the purpose for publishing their own photograph. Three focus groups were held to investigate the reaction of the readers. The participants were shown eight photographs and their reactions and views were recorded. The study concludes that whether shock images should be published depends on whether the purpose for publishing such images is justified - that the purpose is not merely sensationalism or to quench the readers' curiosity, but one that may be beneficial to the public, keeping several ethical considerations in mind.
Description: B.COMMS.(HONS)
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