Exploring coverage of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis in Irish and UK newsprint media

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Title: Exploring coverage of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis in Irish and UK newsprint media
Authors: De Brún, AoifeShan, Liran ChristineRegan, ÁineMcConnon, ÁineWall, Patrick G.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8107
Date: 7-Mar-2016
Online since: 2017-09-01T01:00:10Z
Abstract: The 2008 dioxin crisis occurred as a result of contamination of Irish pork. The event had significant implications for Ireland’s economy and the reputation of its agricultural industry, as well as raising concerns for human health. This study describes the results of a content analysis of Irish and UK newspaper coverage of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis, as this is likely to provide insight into how public perceptions of this issue were shaped. Articles from 16 print publications were systematically sampled for the period December 2008 to February 2009. The resulting data set of 141 articles was examined using a coding protocol developed based on previous research and refined during piloting. Results indicated that the dioxin crisis was primarily portrayed by the media as an industry/economic crisis, dominant in 26.9% of articles in the sample. Within this dominant portrayal, the agricultural industry was frequently cited as being in crisis (42.6%); however, the implications of the crisis on the wider economic environment also received attention (17.7%). Differences between Irish and UK-based media were also examined, revealing that while the Irish media most frequently described the crisis in terms of its impact on the industry and economy, the UK media were more likely to portray the crisis as a risk to health. These dominant media messages and message framings have implications for the public understanding of the issue in each country and potential consequences regarding perception of the adequacy of existing food policy and regulatory oversight.
Funding Details: European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Funding Details: FoodRisC project
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Journal: Health Communication
Volume: 31
Start page: 1235
1235
End page: 1241
1241
Copyright (published version): 2016 Taylor and Francis
Keywords: Food riskContent analysisDioxin crisisMedia analysisIreland
DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1050081
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Research Collection
Institute of Food and Health Research Collection
Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection

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