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The impact of constructive news on affective and behavioural responses

The impact of constructive news on affective and behavioural responses
The impact of constructive news on affective and behavioural responses
The fact that the news has a negativity bias is relatively undisputed. But is this a matter for concern? In this study, two experiments explored the impact of different types of constructive news stories on readers’ affect, motivation, and behavioural intentions. Study 1 examined news stories with either a solution frame or catastrophic frame, and Study 2 examined stories that evoked either positive or negative emotions. Findings revealed that catastrophically-framed stories and news stories that evoked negative emotions reduced intentions to take positive action to address issues, and resulted in negative affect. In contrast, solution-framed stories and news stories that evoked positive emotions resulted in more positive affect and higher intentions to take positive action and were still perceived as legitimate journalism. Respondents expressed a greater preference for solution-framed news. The conclusion is that more constructive journalism would better serve society.
1461-670X
1940-1959
Baden, Denise
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Mcintyre, Karen
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Homberg, Fabian
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Baden, Denise
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Mcintyre, Karen
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Homberg, Fabian
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Baden, Denise, Mcintyre, Karen and Homberg, Fabian (2019) The impact of constructive news on affective and behavioural responses. Journalism Studies, 20 (13), 1940-1959. (doi:10.1080/1461670X.2018.1545599).

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Abstract

The fact that the news has a negativity bias is relatively undisputed. But is this a matter for concern? In this study, two experiments explored the impact of different types of constructive news stories on readers’ affect, motivation, and behavioural intentions. Study 1 examined news stories with either a solution frame or catastrophic frame, and Study 2 examined stories that evoked either positive or negative emotions. Findings revealed that catastrophically-framed stories and news stories that evoked negative emotions reduced intentions to take positive action to address issues, and resulted in negative affect. In contrast, solution-framed stories and news stories that evoked positive emotions resulted in more positive affect and higher intentions to take positive action and were still perceived as legitimate journalism. Respondents expressed a greater preference for solution-framed news. The conclusion is that more constructive journalism would better serve society.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 November 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 November 2018
Published date: 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 426981
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426981
ISSN: 1461-670X
PURE UUID: 374ca6da-da92-436f-83dc-481a1dd28a60
ORCID for Denise Baden: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2736-4483

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Date deposited: 19 Dec 2018 17:30
Last modified: 08 Oct 2020 04:14

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