publication . Article . 1997

Media Coverage of Human Genetics Research, `False Memory Syndrome' and `Mad Cow Disease'

Jenny Kitzinger; Reilly, J.;
  • Published: 01 Jan 1997
Which risks attract mass media attention? When and why do particular threats become headline news? Using three diverse case studies, this article charts the rise and fall of risk crises and draws on interviews with journalists and their sources to identify the key factors affecting these processes. We demonstrate how source competition, journalists' training, `newsworthiness', news momentum and the organization of news beats and media outlets encourage certain risks to be highlighted at particular times, but encourage other risk debates to be entirely overlooked. We argue that standard accounts of news production processes fail adequately to account for the medi...
free text keywords: Headline, Sociology, Spite, Risk society, Mass media, business.industry, business, Social science, Media studies, Media relations, False memory syndrome, medicine.disease, medicine, Sexual abuse, Silence
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