Factors in the Appeal of News
This chapter reviews evidence that establishes the abundance of so-called bad news, its widespread appeal, and the variety of motives for that appeal, the most ubiquitous being interest in and enjoyment of drama. D. Zillman has led the way in demonstrating the keys to understanding this--dispositional and empathy-mediated reactions the news consumers have toward the happy and successful as well as the suffering and defeated parties featured in the news.
Aust, C. F. (2003). Factors in the appeal of news. In J. Bryant, D. Roskos-Ewoldsen, J. Cantor, J. Bryant, D. Roskos-Ewoldsen, J. Cantor (Eds.) , Communication and emotion: Essays in honor of Dolf Zillmann (pp. 511-530).