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A Study on the News Frame of Epidemic Diseases.

Park, Keon-Sook 1

1상명대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to reveal the characteristics of the infectious disease news, further to establish a frame of epidemic diseases news through the analysis of vocabulary epidemic and related words. To this end, We have analyzed the vocabulary of KBS 9 o’clock News statistically from 2001 to 2015. And studied around the swine flu {Sinjongpeullu} and MERS {Mereuseu}. The results were as follows: First, {Sinjongpeullu/Mereuseu} news, there are differences in the appearance aspects related terms as compared to the cancer {Am} or the flu {Dokgam}. Second, we present three frames in the {Sinjongpeullu/Mereuseu} news: the control frame for preventing the spread of infectious diseases, national disaster frame emphasized the risk of epidemics frame, economic crisis frame is focused on the impact the epidemic on the economy. Third, the political and economic areas related terms have increased significantly in the MERS news than swine flu news. This shows that intervention of governmental agencies is even greater in the MERS time than the swine flu. Also it means that the more important to recognize the economic crisis caused by infectious diseases than in the past. The study presents what the focus of the news when an epidemic occurs, the revealed target to recognize what our society is important.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.