A farmer named Pickton in B.C, is reported to have butchered and murdered upwards of 50 women in the most gruesome manner. Pickton’s trial is expected to last at least a year. Every paper in the country is carrying this appalling story on its front pages. Do papers like the Globe and Mail run this stuff on its front pages because the G&M believes this is what its regular readers want to read or because the G&M wants to acquire new readers?
What does this salacious coverage say about the relative importance of news and about journalistic values?