In the age of digital information, news is a wide spread resource from various providers. And with this availability, there exists opportunities to misrepresent and sensationalize events to draw eyes to the articles.
Often, people tend to only read the headlines of news articles. This leads to news organizations creating over exaggerated headlines regarding the event, spreading misinformation to those of us who only read the article title. I am often guilty of this myself, where I believe that the article title provides me with the summary of info I need, only for me to later read the article and find out that the title of the article grossly misrepresents the events that actually occurred.
Given the age we live in, with the existence of covid and highly heated political discourse world wide, the news world is filled with articles that are designed to simply draw eyes to the website and less to the event. The aim of the game will be to highlight the dangers of sensationalism in news, and how easy it is to fall into false information simply from the presentation of an article alone.
The main research that needs to be done is mainly two fold: Examples of sensationalism in contemporary news media, and literary research regarding the effects of sensationalism and its existence in modern day media.
Preliminary Research on examples of Sensationalism in modern media:
Preliminary Research on the effects of sensationalism in modern day media: