News editors decide what to broadcast on television and what to write in newspapers. What factors influence these decisions? Do you think we become used to bad news? Should more good news be reported?

Nowadays,
news
has a growing influence on the public. ‘Good
news
’ and ‘bad
news
’ can have very different impacts on the way we think.
Therefore
, the factors
editors
consider when selecting
news
materials becomes a matter of many people’s concern.
This
essay will discuss these factors and the effects of good
news
and bad
news
. When deciding which kind of
news
to report,
editors
need to consider the interests of their media companies and the public they are supposed to serve . The interests of the company require the stories to attract viewers to gain profits.
Therefore
editors
would choose the
news
more compelling than others.
For instance
, during the period of the presidential election, a candidate’s speech can be more favourable than the release of a new movie.
However
,
editors
should not only consider the attractiveness but
also
ensure the reliability for public interests. Some information can be compelling but misleading.
For example
, unproven claims that certain food can cure COVID-19 can cause panic buying and bring no benefits to audiences. Responsible
editors
will not release
such
unreliable
news
. As bad
news
is often more compelling than good ones because of people’s negativity bias, it is more frequently reported. We can find the
news
about crimes, corruption and environmental pollution on television and the internet all the time and we are used to them. It is not necessarily bad for people to hear bad
news
.
For example
, reporting crimes can raise the public’s vigilance and protect them from danger by
this
means.
However
, too much bad
news
can cause extensive anxiety which makes viewers depressed and worried.
Therefore
, more goods
news
,
such
as social progress and good deeds, should be reported to help people develop positive attitudes toward life and acknowledge the goodness existing in society. In summary, attractiveness and reliability are two of the main factors
editors
would consider to serve the interest of media organization and the public. The public is used to bad
news
as it has been extensively reported. Though it can have good effects on certain cases, more good
news
should be reported to balance the anxiety it causes.

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