General analysis of the coverage of health news in the daily press and specific study of the following aspect:

1) topics and events which generate the greatest amount of information, 2) sources of information (institutions, experts, scientific magazines, etc.) with the greatest presence and their relation to the type of newspaper, journalistic topic or author, 3) journalistic treatment (genre, place in the newspaper, etc.) and 4) dominant linguistic resources and their relation to the genre, topic, type of publication, etc.
     

All daily information relating to health and medicine published in the five Spanish newspapers with the greatest circulation (ABC, El País, La Vanguardia, El Periódico and El Mundo) was systematically monitored over a period of two years (1 January 1996 to 31 December 1997) and a data base was created based on this information, where each entrycorresponds to each journalistic article or piece of information collected.
     

Analysis of the data was established in two stages:

The first stage involved a descriptive and quantitative analysis of the material, with special emphasis on the most frequently recurring journalistic and medical topics, as well as the type of sources referred to in the different journalistic pieces (institutions, experts, science magazines, etc.). In this stage, an analysis was also made of the dominant type of journalistic treatment: journalistic genre, place in the different sections of the newspaper, chronological development of the news, etc.
     

In the second stage, an analysis was made of the content of all the journalistic pieces recorded, applying linguistic descriptions and identifying the type of resources, expressions and dominant linguistic structures. Also determined was the relationship between the type of linguistic structure and specific variables such as journalistic genre, topic, publication, etc.
     

In total, the data base includes more than 5000 records. The 1996 analysis has now been completed and we are finishing the study of the 1997 data. This last analysis and the comparison with the previous year is due for completion by 30 May 1998.
     

The results and conclusions of this two-year period constitute the first part of a project which is scheduled to last for ten years. This year, we are continuing to monitor and gather all daily information.
 

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Systematic daily monitoring of health news coverage in the press over a period of two years

Gemma Revuelta de la Poza   Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Vladimir de Semir   Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Maria Roura  

Johanna Cáceres  

General analysis of the coverage of health news in the daily press and specific study of the following aspect:

1) topics and events which generate the greatest amount of information, 2) sources of information (institutions, experts, scientific magazines, etc.) with the greatest presence and their relation to the type of newspaper, journalistic topic or author, 3) journalistic treatment (genre, place in the newspaper, etc.) and 4) dominant linguistic resources and their relation to the genre, topic, type of publication, etc.
     

All daily information relating to health and medicine published in the five Spanish newspapers with the greatest circulation (ABC, El País, La Vanguardia, El Periódico and El Mundo) was systematically monitored over a period of two years (1 January 1996 to 31 December 1997) and a data base was created based on this information, where each entrycorresponds to each journalistic article or piece of information collected.
     

Analysis of the data was established in two stages:

The first stage involved a descriptive and quantitative analysis of the material, with special emphasis on the most frequently recurring journalistic and medical topics, as well as the type of sources referred to in the different journalistic pieces (institutions, experts, science magazines, etc.). In this stage, an analysis was also made of the dominant type of journalistic treatment: journalistic genre, place in the different sections of the newspaper, chronological development of the news, etc.
     

In the second stage, an analysis was made of the content of all the journalistic pieces recorded, applying linguistic descriptions and identifying the type of resources, expressions and dominant linguistic structures. Also determined was the relationship between the type of linguistic structure and specific variables such as journalistic genre, topic, publication, etc.
     

In total, the data base includes more than 5000 records. The 1996 analysis has now been completed and we are finishing the study of the 1997 data. This last analysis and the comparison with the previous year is due for completion by 30 May 1998.
     

The results and conclusions of this two-year period constitute the first part of a project which is scheduled to last for ten years. This year, we are continuing to monitor and gather all daily information.
 

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