2004
Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-6930
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7286

Abstract

Abstract

Digitization and the emergence of new media have led to major changes in news production and consumption. The question of what grabs the public’s attention is more relevant than ever. Strategies used to arouse the interest of the news user include headline formulation. This research examined which features of a headline cause the news user to click. For this, 2028 online news headlines from the Dutch newspaper which came from A/B tests were used. By means of a content analysis, the headlines were analyzed on discursively emphasizing news values (Elite, Proximity, Personalization, Consonance, Unusuality, Negativity, Impact and Superlativeness) and the use of Forward referencing. We have investigated to what extent the use of these stylistic features in a headline influences the number of clicks. The results of this study showed that the discursive construal of Elite, Unusuality, Negativity and Impact had a positive effect on the headline performance.

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