Media framing of stem cell research: a cross-national analysis of political representation of science between the UK and South Korea

Date: 
Monday, July 25, 2011
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Comics, Books, and Newspapers
Audience: 
General Public | Scientists
Discipline: 
Health and medicine
Organization:
LSE
Description: 

This paper compares opinion-leading newspapers’ frames of stem cell research in the UK and South Korea from 2000 to 2008. The change of news frames, studied by semantic network analysis, in three critical periods (2000-2003/2004-2005/2006-2008) shows the media’s representative strategies in privileging news topics and public sentiments. Both political and national identity represented by each media outlet play a crucial role in framing scientific issues. A news frame that objectifies medical achievements and propagates a popular hope evolves as a common discourse in The Telegraph and The Guardian, with expanded issues that both incorporate and keep in check social concerns. South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo follows the frame of objectified science with a strong economic motivation, while Hankyoreh remains critical of the ‘Hwang scandal’ and tempers its scientific interest with broader political concerns.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
10
Number: 
3
Document:

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