Journal article

A Media Biopsy: Examining the Quality of Cancer Reporting in Australia, 1997 and 2017

Nicholas Lawler, Andrea Carson, Tim Gravelle, Andrew Brett

Health Communication | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


This article investigates the quality of cancer reporting from a time of prosperity to a time of austerity for the press. Australia is a useful case study because of its concentrated press media market that has experienced a decline in the number of newsroom reporters from the 20th to the 21st century. We undertake a content analysis of news stories published in 1997 and 2017 about cancer treatments and cancer medical research. Using keyword searching techniques of the news database Factiva, 633 news reports about cancer were detected. Of these, 120 stories met the research criteria. Each story was assessed across eight variables using a coding tool, the Media Quality Index (MQI). The study ..

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