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Soft News
Soft news

Father saves son's life by donating a kidney, David Beckham wears a skirt, record numbers gather at Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice, conjoined twins die during surgery. These sorts of stories aren't going to have a direct impact upon people's lives in the way that a tax increase or a change of government will, but they do provoke a reaction in the audience. This is news that makes you go ‘Aah!’ or ‘Wow’. It's about the first, the last, the fastest, the slowest, the biggest, the most expensive.

But as with all attempts to categorize news, the edges are blurred. Tuchman (1973) noted over a two-year study that one American television station presented some stories as soft, feature material that its competitor presented ...

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