The stem cell  scandal is  regretted deeply  by Korean people. However,  the news coverage of  this issue  is such  a  big  publicity  of  science,   especially  biotechnology.   Moreover,    Korean  mass  media  gives  an extensive space on this  issue. This  study explores two English-language  newspapers in  Korea: The Korea Times and JoongAng  Daily.  These two papers differed in  their presentation of  the issue and perform   both quantitative  and qualitative  analysis. The samples  were taken from October 2005 until  January 2006. The quantitative  component of  the analysis  in  this  study involves  functions  of articles  related  to this issue, aims of  articles,  trends of articles  and variety  of contents. The qualitative  component identifies   the main ways of  portraying this  stem cell  scandal:  as the  mistakes  of an individual,   a group,  the whole  research system in Korea, or even the general  culture of Korean people.  The media exposure of  this issue does not only report  about the ethic   scandal,  which was  easily  comprehended  by the common  people,  but  also scientific affairs,  which is rare to be found published daily in general newspapers.

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Stem cell scandal potrayals in South Korean major newspapers
A qualitative and quantitative analysis

VeronikaKusuma Wijayanti   Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Qonita Shahab   Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Benedictus Prabowo   Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

The stem cell  scandal is  regretted deeply  by Korean people. However,  the news coverage of  this issue  is such  a  big  publicity  of  science,   especially  biotechnology.   Moreover,    Korean  mass  media  gives  an extensive space on this  issue. This  study explores two English-language  newspapers in  Korea: The Korea Times and JoongAng  Daily.  These two papers differed in  their presentation of  the issue and perform   both quantitative  and qualitative  analysis. The samples  were taken from October 2005 until  January 2006. The quantitative  component of  the analysis  in  this  study involves  functions  of articles  related  to this issue, aims of  articles,  trends of articles  and variety  of contents. The qualitative  component identifies   the main ways of  portraying this  stem cell  scandal:  as the  mistakes  of an individual,   a group,  the whole  research system in Korea, or even the general  culture of Korean people.  The media exposure of  this issue does not only report  about the ethic   scandal,  which was  easily  comprehended  by the common  people,  but  also scientific affairs,  which is rare to be found published daily in general newspapers.

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