Framing disease, ageing and death in popular science journalism

Název: Framing disease, ageing and death in popular science journalism
Zdrojový dokument: Brno studies in English. 2016, roč. 42, č. 1, s. [49]-69
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    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
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This paper characterizes the dominant frames in popular science-oriented reports devoted to disease, ageing and death. In popular science journalism, framing often consists in the discursive construction of newsworthiness, i.e., foregrounding features of events/issues considered by science editors to be relevant or attractive for audiences, despite the alienating nature of some types of news. A sample of most-read health-related articles from New Scientist (2013-2015) is subjected to content analysis, keyness analysis, concordance analysis and news value analysis to demonstrate how bioscience tends to be framed through consistent and strategic linguistic choices. The analyses reveal that most frames for disease, ageing and death in popular science coverage work as vehicles for the celebration of medical science as a domain of reporting, and thus forward the media outlet's market-driven agenda rather than discuss the deeper implications of bioscientific findings.
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