Edited by András Koltay and Paul Wragg
Chapter 10: What newsworthiness means
Journalists make news decisions daily in newsrooms around the world – and most of the resulting articles are decidedly newsworthy. Occasionally, however, accurate information revealed by media oversteps bounds to invade an individual’s privacy. In the United States, a newsworthy story – one that has some popular appeal but is not ‘morbid and sensational prying for its own sake’ – will trump an individual’s privacy interests. But the ‘morbid and sensational prying’ language means that even in the United States those whose personal information is revealed can bring a successful invasion of privacy claim. This entry explores court decisions regarding newsworthiness in the United States and compares them with related decisions elsewhere.
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