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In relation to journalism, a characterization of its primary purpose being to make events meaningful for the audience by framing these as entertaining or aesthetically satisfying narratives which they can relate to their own lives: a narrative model as distinct from an information model which focuses on the provision of facts. The concept derives from a distinction made in 1926 by Mead in relation to newspapers. It is loosely related to the distinction between soft news and hard news. See also fiction values; infotainment; news frames; tabloidization; compare publicity model.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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