What are the roles and responsibilities of the media in disseminating health information?

Gary Schwitzer*, Ganapati Mudur, David Henry, Amanda Wilson, Merrill Goozner, Maria Simbra, Melissa Sweet, Katherine A. Baverstock

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Gary Schwitzer: The Agenda-Setting Role of Health Journalists Some journalists say that their role and responsibility is no dierent in covering health information than it is in covering politics, business, or any other topic. ese journalists say that their primary concern is accurate, clear reportingthey are less concerned about the consequences of their story once it is published [1]. But that approach may result in shoddy journalism and potential harm to the public [2]. I assert that it isn’t sucient to be accurate and clear when covering health news. Journalists have a responsibility to mirror a society’s needs and issues, comprehensively and proportionally [3]. Often that doesn’t happen in health news.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMass Communication: Issues, Perspectives and Techniques
EditorsJason R. Detrani
PublisherApple Academic Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781466562585
ISBN (Print)9781926692951
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


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