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Journalists, Cognition, and the Presentation of an Epidemiologic Study
Science Communication
  • Craig W. Trumbo, Cornell University
  • Sharon Dunwoody, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Robert Griffin, Marquette University
Document Type
Article
Language
eng
Format of Original
28 p.
Publication Date
3-1-1998
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Original Item ID
doi: 10.1177/1075547098019003005
Disciplines
Abstract
Cognitive processes can inform an understanding of newswork. In this case study, the authors examine a growing literature relating cognitive theories to newsmaking and then apply some of the principles in that literature to media coverage of EPA-mandated reformulated gasoline in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In an analysis of how local Milwaukee television news presented an epidemiologic study answering health complaints associated with the gasoline additive, the authors find a number of cognitive processes at work, especially those involving bias and error. Finally, the authors consider implications of such processes for newsmaking.
Comments

Science Communication, Vol. 19, No. 3 (March 1998): 238-265. DOI.

Citation Information
Craig W. Trumbo, Sharon Dunwoody and Robert Griffin. "Journalists, Cognition, and the Presentation of an Epidemiologic Study" Science Communication (1998) ISSN: 1075-5470
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_griffin/33/