What is Sensationalism?

Sensationalism in media denotes exaggerating stories. Media companies generate profits through subscriptions, ratings, and views, thus exploit different tactics to attract viewership. Some of the tactics reporters or media houses use to boast advertising sales are unconventional and include clickbait or deceptive headlines. The headlines are exaggerated or distorted in a manner that lures people to open the link, subscribe, and read the “steamy” or “hot” content as indicated.

Sensationalism includes reporting stories that catch people’s attention and sell more regardless of the social, political, or cultural impact. It is essential to note some reporters are accused of sensationalism for reporting actual events even without exaggeration. Such occurs when an individual, organization, or government wants to hide details or truth from the public, but the media chooses to report facts without leaving anything.