How should we frame our considerations and arguments formed for emerging science, especially, after reading the related news and reports? When people form opinions toward emerging scientific issues, the general public is predisposed to rely directly upon the views of the most easily accessible information type: mass media (Popkin, 1994) Nanotechnology became a vital Science &Technology topic around the world, which is hugely related to the development and competitiveness of national economic( Su, 2008). Taiwan’s government invested around US$ 98 million to start a six-year national program (from 2002 to 2008): National Program of Nanotechnology (NPNT). Since the potential damage of Nanotechnology are raised as an ethical, social, and environmental concerns by researchers (Macnaghten, Kearnes, & Wynne, 2005)., it’s worth placing importance on the diversity and objectivity of reporting in our media context related to nanotechnology. This investigation collects news from United Daily News in Taiwan, and utilizes content analysis to illustrate descriptive and thematic characteristics of media coverage of nanotechnology from 2002 to 2009. In order to develop a coding frame for further analysis, we first looked through the main sections of whole news articles. The first four sections are Business, Lifestyle, Science & Technology and Education. Following the rule of systematic sampling, 10% of news articles are taken from our raw news database as sample. One in every 10 articles will be chosen as sample; total 178 articles are chosen. Based on these samples, we try to investigate and identify the main topics and content frames toward nanotechnology by which establish the coding instrument for our further analysis. There are 74 terms and concepts that are identified as main topics toward nanotechnology in the news including the terms related to (1) the actors, like government and private organizations: Industrial Technology Research Institute and Hon Hai company…etc (2) The scientific terminology and applications with regard to nanotechnology: Nano Ceramic and Microfabrication Technology…etc (3) The nano commercial products: nano home appliances…etc (4) The social events: the outbreak of Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan and National Program of Nanotechnology (NPNT) was approved…etc. Further result’s figures, tables and discussion will be presented on poster.

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Representation of nanotechnology in taiwanese news media
The Taiwan development and variety of media attitude and attention toward nanotechnology

Nick Allum   University of Essex, United Kingdom

Pei-Ling Lin   University of Essex, United Kingdom

How should we frame our considerations and arguments formed for emerging science, especially, after reading the related news and reports? When people form opinions toward emerging scientific issues, the general public is predisposed to rely directly upon the views of the most easily accessible information type: mass media (Popkin, 1994) Nanotechnology became a vital Science &Technology topic around the world, which is hugely related to the development and competitiveness of national economic( Su, 2008). Taiwan’s government invested around US$ 98 million to start a six-year national program (from 2002 to 2008): National Program of Nanotechnology (NPNT). Since the potential damage of Nanotechnology are raised as an ethical, social, and environmental concerns by researchers (Macnaghten, Kearnes, & Wynne, 2005)., it’s worth placing importance on the diversity and objectivity of reporting in our media context related to nanotechnology. This investigation collects news from United Daily News in Taiwan, and utilizes content analysis to illustrate descriptive and thematic characteristics of media coverage of nanotechnology from 2002 to 2009. In order to develop a coding frame for further analysis, we first looked through the main sections of whole news articles. The first four sections are Business, Lifestyle, Science & Technology and Education. Following the rule of systematic sampling, 10% of news articles are taken from our raw news database as sample. One in every 10 articles will be chosen as sample; total 178 articles are chosen. Based on these samples, we try to investigate and identify the main topics and content frames toward nanotechnology by which establish the coding instrument for our further analysis. There are 74 terms and concepts that are identified as main topics toward nanotechnology in the news including the terms related to (1) the actors, like government and private organizations: Industrial Technology Research Institute and Hon Hai company…etc (2) The scientific terminology and applications with regard to nanotechnology: Nano Ceramic and Microfabrication Technology…etc (3) The nano commercial products: nano home appliances…etc (4) The social events: the outbreak of Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan and National Program of Nanotechnology (NPNT) was approved…etc. Further result’s figures, tables and discussion will be presented on poster.

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