Are headlines more effective when they are negative? Someone at the Telegraph seems to think so.
The recent Ofsted report:
"The Pupil Premium: how schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement"
is reported in the Telegraph as:
"Ofsted: 'signifiant minority' of schools wasting pupil premium" (unsourced.org page)
Are they trying to take advantage of Negativity Bias? Or do they feel their readers might be receptive to a little Monday morning pessimism?
To be fair, the accompanying press release does mention a "significant minority" who are struggling (and even spells "significantly" correctly). But journalists usualy prefer to work from the original source material rather than taking a press release at face value, right? Right?