In this paper I compare two different stories, two alarm cases namely the 2009 pandemic and last year’s Escherichia Coli alarm. Alarm cases could be useful to investigate relations between actors in the public communication of risk and its definition, because an alarm is a moment of re-negotiation and re-definition of a situation that is changing. I have chosen them because of their potential threat for European health system. For this comparative study I have worked on Italian newspapers using the Science in the Media Monitor (SMM) tool apparatus, realised by Observa –Science in Society, an independent, non-profit research centre in Vicenza, Italy.  SMM is a system of media monitoring that works downloading di- rectly from the main newspaper sites.  The SMM research team is able to investigate Science and Technology media coverage and also particular stories, as in this case. 

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Actors in public representation of risk
A comparison using the observa science in the media monitor

Paolo Giardullo   University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy

In this paper I compare two different stories, two alarm cases namely the 2009 pandemic and last year’s Escherichia Coli alarm. Alarm cases could be useful to investigate relations between actors in the public communication of risk and its definition, because an alarm is a moment of re-negotiation and re-definition of a situation that is changing. I have chosen them because of their potential threat for European health system. For this comparative study I have worked on Italian newspapers using the Science in the Media Monitor (SMM) tool apparatus, realised by Observa –Science in Society, an independent, non-profit research centre in Vicenza, Italy.  SMM is a system of media monitoring that works downloading di- rectly from the main newspaper sites.  The SMM research team is able to investigate Science and Technology media coverage and also particular stories, as in this case. 

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