Thursday 6 January 2011

Secret formula for British press murder coverage finally revealed


Yesterday we bought you news of the media’s formula for determining how much coverage should be given to a murder victim or missing person, and today we can reveal an exclusive copy of those guidelines.

Below you will find a copy of a document which we were given brief access to, and which is rarely seen outside of the editorial offices of newspapers around the country.

It explains in great detail how to calculate the exact number of column inches that should be given to a story, depending on the very specific nature of the victim.  Feel free to work out the figure for your own favourite murder victim.

Media coverage column inch formula

If you find that actual column inches do not match your calculations, it’s because you put the wrong numbers in.  Obviously.

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