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A Study on Word Choice in Korean Media Reporting Infectious Disease - Focusing on Zika Virus, Haemaphysalis longicornis and the Multidrug Resistant Organisms -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2017, 13(1), pp.1-15
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2017.13.1.1
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : December 23, 2016
  • Accepted : January 23, 2017
  • Published : January 31, 2017

Jeon, Jiyoung 1

1KAIST

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ABSTRACT

The purposes of risk communication are to provide accurate information and to relieve psychological anxiety among the public. This study aims to examine how well the Korean media functioned as a principal agent of risk communication, focusing on word choice in reporting recent infectious diseases such as Zika virus, Haemaphysalis longicornis, and multi-drug resistant organisms. A corpus linguistic analysis was conducted based on the interviews with the Ministry of Health and Welfare correspondents. It is found that negative terms were often used on the headlines in a provocative manner rather than on the main body of the article. The words used in the report were also found to be fairly provocative, although the infectious disease reporting guidelines from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged the press to refrain from using such words. The interview pointed out that the competition among the press was a major barrier hindering good risk communication.

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