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Network television evening news coverage of infectious disease events

Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly [Spring 1990]

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Copyright (c) 1990

Abstract: This content analysis of the evening news of ABC, CBS and NBC for the 1978-1987 years, using the Vanderbilt archives, enables these authors to examine coverage of several infectious diseases and teenage suicide to see if television favors covering illness where it clusters, or near major news centers, where it is easier to cover. In general, this study finds television did go to where illnesses broke out, but tended to favor reporting urban over rural suicides. The study included coverage of AIDS, botulism, influenza, Legionnaires’ Disease and measles, as well as teenage suicide.


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Publication Year:1990
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Publication Info:Volume 67 Number 1
Issue:Spring 1990
Notes:Urban Studies & Community Health, Rutgers University
Subject: Vanderbilt Television News Archive -- Research Use
Record Number:10108
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00