The impact of the Ebola Virus and rare diseases in the media and the perception of risk in Spain

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Title: The impact of the Ebola Virus and rare diseases in the media and the perception of risk in Spain
Authors: Carretón-Ballester, Carmen | López Villafranca, Paloma
Research Group/s: Relaciones Públicas, Responsabilidad Social y Comunicación con Públicos Especializados y Las Minorías
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Comunicación y Psicología Social
Keywords: Ebola | Media impact | Promotion health | Rare diseases | Risk perception | Spain
Knowledge Area: Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2016
Publisher: Intellect
Citation: Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies. 2016, 8(2): 245-263. doi:10.1386/cjcs.8.2.245_1
Abstract: This study analysed the role played by the media in social perceptions about the risk of infection from rare diseases and Ebola. For this purpose, a content analysis was carried out on 479 news items on Ebola in 2014 and on 28 news items on rare diseases in 2013, all coming from the most widely circulated newspapers in Spain: El País and El Mundo. The findings enabled us to state that the media play an important role in the perception of social risk from both these issues (Ebola–Rare Diseases): on the one hand, because of intrinsic factors of the media themselves and journalistic routines and, on the other hand, because of the role played by politicians as an external factor. In addition, news about the spreading and the fatal consequences of Ebola lead to it being considered as a ‘terrible risk’ disease, whereas news about other rare diseases and the damage they can cause define them as of ‘unknown risk’.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/84073
ISSN: 1757-1898 (Print) | 1757-1901 (Online)
DOI: 10.1386/cjcs.8.2.245_1
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 Intellect Ltd
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1386/cjcs.8.2.245_1
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