An academic study suggests that people who are told about awful things happening abroad in the news often remain unmoved by the reports.

Aid agencies refer to so-called compassion fatigue, which means people do not feel sympathy for the victims of war or natural disaster indefinitely.

However, journalists argue that if reporters can find a way of bringing the reality of suffering home, then audiences may feel sufficiently moved to demand that something be done.

Viewers 'unmoved' by bad news - BBC News

Period16 Jan 2014

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  • TitleViewers 'unmoved' by bad news
    Media name/outletBBC News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    PersonsMartin Scott