The Impact of Constructive News on Affective and Behavioural Responses. Baden, D., McIntyre, K., & Homberg, F. Journalism Studies, 20(13):1940–1959, October, 2019.
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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.
@article{baden_impact_2019,
	title = {The {Impact} of {Constructive} {News} on {Affective} and {Behavioural} {Responses}},
	volume = {20},
	issn = {1461-670X, 1469-9699},
	url = {https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1461670X.2018.1545599},
	doi = {10.1080/1461670X.2018.1545599},
	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.},
	language = {en},
	number = {13},
	urldate = {2022-11-30},
	journal = {Journalism Studies},
	author = {Baden, Denise and McIntyre, Karen and Homberg, Fabian},
	month = oct,
	year = {2019},
	keywords = {*Experiment},
	pages = {1940--1959},
}

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