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Title: Pandemic on the air: a case study on the coverage of new influenza A/H1N1 by Brazilian prime time TV news
Authors: Medeiros, Flavia Natércia da Silva
Massarani, Luisa
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Casa de Oswaldo Cruz. Museu da Vida. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Casa de Oswaldo Cruz. Museu da Vida. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Abstract: In this paper we analyze the coverage of the pandemic influenza caused by the A (H1N1) virus by the main Brazilian TV news. Jornal Nacional (JN) – which can be roughly translated with National News – reaches an average of 25 million people throughout the country daily. We have observed that the attention cycle given to the new flu by JN lasted approximately five months with significant space given to the disease. Most of the news highlighted the number of illness cases and the health measures to control the infection. Only a small amount of news dealt with issues related to research and scientific development, and included scientists as interviewees or as information sources. We believe that the coverage made by JN may have contributed to the dissemination of what some authors refer to as a “pandemic of panic”.
keywords: Jornalismo brasileiro
Pandemia
H1N1
DeCS: Jornalismo
Vírus da Influenza A Subtipo H1N1
Pandemias
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: MEDEIROS, Flávia Netércia da Silva; MASSARANI, Luisa. Pandemic on the air: a case study on the coverage of new influenza A/H1N1 by Brazilian prime time TV news. Journal of Science Communication, v. 9, n. 3, p. 1-9, set. 2010.
ISSN: 18242049
Copyright: restricted access
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