Controversial New Sciences in the Media: Content Analysis of Global Reporting of Nanotechnology During the Last Decade

Fisk, Kylie, Fitzgerald, Richard and Cokley, John (2014) Controversial New Sciences in the Media: Content Analysis of Global Reporting of Nanotechnology During the Last Decade. Media International Australia, 150: 156-166.

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Author Fisk, Kylie
Fitzgerald, Richard
Cokley, John
Title Controversial New Sciences in the Media: Content Analysis of Global Reporting of Nanotechnology During the Last Decade
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Publication date 2014-02
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Issue 150
Start page 156
End page 166
Total pages 11
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD Australia
Publisher University of Queensland * School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The potentially controversial science of nanotechnology is only now beginning to infiltrate mainstream public consciousness through media channels. This article suggests the infiltration is taking different forms, depending on the nationality of journalists reporting on the science. Having completed analysis of a large longitudinal international sample of news and feature articles about nanotechnology, we report that journalists in Australia and New Zealand deploy sources 'direct from the lab' to highlight scientific advancements; those in Asia emphasise the nation-building potential of nanotechnology; US journalists provide positive coverage across all areas; and those in the United Kingdom offer the most critical analysis and risk reporting. These messages have also evolved over time in each region. Results are integrated with existing research about public perceptions of nanotechnology, and suggest several themes common to all media reporting of nanotechnology, the most important of which reflects positive reporting or acceptance, although safety concerns and health risks also arise.
Keyword United States
Public Attitudes
Europe
Risks
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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