Differences in plunging buses

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I found some interesting differences between the 20 die in Nepal bus plunge: police story and the 8 injured as bus plunges into canal story.  Two bus plunge stories that I thought would be similar (apart from the bus aspect of course).  The first article is much more traumatic.  Many people died and were found bodies downstream, many people died, and many were missing.  This event could be newsworthy and not just filler considering the sad outcome.  However, the second bus plunge story works only as a filler.  The title says it all.  Eight people were injured.  Other than that, the context is simply unnecessary information, such as "Police said the Khagrachhari-bound bus carrying about 30 passengers from Chittagong skidded off the road and fell into the canal at Mirerkhil, about 20 kilometres off the port city around 8:30pm" (The Daily Star).  This random information is so specific that it seems as though the reporter was digging for anything to say to fill space. 

Which is why the major difference between these two bus plunge stories is that one is traumatic and actually news worthy while the other is truly just filler.




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Andrew Wichrowski said:

While the second story may be filler, it was given the same amount of space as the story with the 20 deaths because it was relevant to the newspaper's readers. The Daily Star seems to cater to English speaking Bangladesh expatriates, and would have some interest in covering a story in Chittagong, even if the accident didn't cause any deaths. AFP seems to be a wire service similar to Reuters or Associated Press, so it's target audience would be foreign countries looking for filler bus plunge stories and other stories newspapers wouldn't want to send reporters over to cover.

Kaitlin Monier said:

That's a good point. Either way the stories are still a filler. But the 20 people dying article seems to hide that it is a filler by having more deaths and gruesome details (like finding bodies down shore).

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