The higher the loss of human life, the more impact it will have on readers. Confrontations between people, nations, or groups will also generate interest from readers. The highest form of conflict is war. Thus, news stories about such events have more value than ordinary news. There are several reasons why readers prefer to read about such events. These include the following: exclusivity, shareability, and proximity. To better understand this phenomenon, let us analyze a few different types of news.

Good or bad news

In the marketplace of ideas, good and bad news are often exchanged. While exaggerated bad news may spread more quickly, people also like to share central news. Three studies have looked at the subject and found that people tend to prefer congruent information to news that’s off-center. If you’re a news junkie, you may be interested in this book.

The researchers split 121 college students into pairs, one being the news giver and one being the news receiver. The test was conducted anonymously, and the participants did not know their partner before the experiment. They also completed a personality test to assess their Big Five personality dimensions, including conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Students were then asked to share a piece of good or bad news with their partner.


The concept of exclusivity in news is an important part of the news production process, but it can come with risks. In theory, exclusivity allows a news organization to protect its source, but it can also create a conflict with the public’s right to know. In practice, the right to know should not depend on the monopoly of a single publication.

The news industry is struggling to survive, and legislation is required to help preserve the future of the industry. By requiring licensing deals, governments and platforms can help keep the industry alive.


The shareability of news stories is a critical measure of the effect of a news story on readers. Stories that are easily shared gain more attention than those that do not. For example, a news story about a coup is more likely to be shared than a celebrity story. Newspaper editors can use shareability alert systems to know when a story is shared on social media.

The fragmentation of news consumption means that news products must adapt to this. Consumers are already picking and choosing information, and sharing articles on social media. Opinionated news, on the other hand, may have an advantage over factual news, which is impersonal and objective. It can also provide an extra layer of information that the reader doesn’t otherwise get from factual news.


“Proximity” is an important concept in journalism because it impacts the value of a news story. It affects how timely a story is and how relevant it is to the community. But proximity doesn’t necessarily mean geographic distance. It also includes the way in which news is communicated.

In this study, we looked at how people in a particular neighbourhood or city perceived proximity to news. We asked participants to select a proximity identifier, and asked them to think about the distance between that location and a news item. Most respondents selected a city as their proximity identifier. This suggests that they are interested in news about their neighbourhoods or local area.


There are many theories on the impact of news. In particular, it has been suggested that news that includes conflict has a higher perceived relevance than news without conflict. This is consistent with evidence from content analysis of news content. Furthermore, news content that features conflict can influence the way news is selected. In addition, it can have evolutionary implications.

For instance, when a new disease is spreading around the world, news content about it can negatively impact public health. It may even impact our mental well-being. A systematic review of media consumption found an association between news exposure and a decline in mental health among young people. However, research into the specific effects of news consumption on daily distress and mental health is limited.