Episode 33: How the Media Sensationalizes Tragedy

Oct 18, 2017

This episode is set to air on Wednesday, October 25th at 12:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 26th at 4:30 a.m/ET.

News stories don’t just inform us about a hurricane or a shooting or some awful tragedy, they use words and visuals selected for their ability to evoke emotion. Emotional connections keep us glued to whatever media we’re consuming. And consuming more media for longer periods of time is how most media companies generate more revenue. How does this aid or hinder our actual understanding of the news? On this episode of Media Inside Out, Host Sherri Hope Culver and guests, Ellen Gray from the Philadelphia Daily News and Dr. Lauren Kogen from Temple University, will consider the intended and unintended consequences of how the media sensationalizes tragedy.


Ellen Gray | Television Critic, Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer/Philly.com Lauren Kogen, PhD | Temple University