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How Two Korean Newspapers Covered a Public Health Crisis
A content analysis of the coverage of a public health crisis in Korea from September 1999 to December 2000 explored six hypotheses about news reporting and topic selection mostly derived from qualitatively based literature. The findings suggest two Korean daily newspapers (Chosun Ilbo and Hankyoreh) emphasized governmental and physicians as news sources, underemphasized other news sources and limited in-depth reporting. The study's findings appear to support prior assertions in the international literature that critique news media performance. However, Chosun Ilbo and Hankyoreh used a range of sources and provided some multidimensional news coverage during the public health crisis. While both newspapers depended on governmental officials and physicians as news sources and tended to provide less in-depth coverage, the overall findings do not reveal a pattern of journalistic neglect.