Thesis ID: CBB001561746

Four Epidemics in the United States Media: Agenda-Setting of Health Issues (2004)


Jeon, Hyoungjoon (Author)

University of Missouri-Columbia
Wanta, Wayne M.

Publication Date: 2004
Edition Details: Advisor: Wanta, Wayne M.
Physical Details: 109 pp.
Language: English

This study investigates the relationships among the agenda-setting variables: Public polls, media agenda, science agenda, and real-world indicators. Exploring diverse issues (AIDS, West Nile virus, anthrax, and SARS), this study presents a new perspective on the association of real-world indicators and media agenda. In addition, to back up the agenda-setting approach, sources and sub-issues of the media coverage are examined. Investigation of the agenda-setting process was done in two dimensions: longitudinal and geographical dimensions. First, the media agenda, the science agenda, the public concern, and the polling agenda were examined in the longitudinal dimension during the 36 months of period of study. Second, the relationship between the real-world indicator and media coverage was examined in the geographical dimension. The results suggest that media agenda is associated with the polling agenda except for AIDS. Media agenda is also associated with the science agenda. The results also suggest positive correlations between the real-world indicator and the state-specific agenda. When a state had a great number of West Nile virus cases, the state's media outlets provided a correspondingly high number of stories about the West Nile virus. Medical doctors and researchers were the largest group of sources, followed by health professionals and former officials. This implies an over-reliance on professional sources. In addition, emphasis on the medical information category was found in sub-issue analysis.


Description Cited in Diss. Abstr. Int. A 65 (2005): 2819. UMI pub. no. 3144426.

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Geissler, P. Wenzel
McKay, Richard A.
Desowitz, Robert S.
Brier, Jennifer M.
Molyneux, Catherine
Kazanjian, Powel H.
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Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Health and History
Gender and History
Social History of Medicine
W. W. Norton & Co.
University of North Carolina Press
Berghahn Books
Cornell University Press
New York, City University of
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Public health
Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV)
AIDS (disease); HIV / AIDS
Disease and diseases
Infectious diseases
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
United States
United Kingdom
North America
New Zealand
New York City (New York, U.S.)

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