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Media Health

The Personal in Public Stories
This edited volume explores how journalists and other media actors apply personalized frames and narratives, both visual and verbal, in representing and conveying health issues. Today's feature journalism in weekend editions of major newspapers frequently communicate very personal experiences, often visualized through a series of portrayed people's process of growing up, accompanied by images gathered from private photo albums. An expanding TV genre follows the journalist as a protagonist trying to come to terms with e.g. their own body, sexual orientation or experiences of suicide in close relations. In social media, journalists present their news even more subjectively and interpretatively compared to legacy media.

Stories on lifestyle diseases, mental health or infectious diseases are unavoidably connected to broader practices of health policies, workplace strategies and legislation. Instead of either celebrating or deploring the tendency towards more personalized health journalism, the contributions to this volume explore how individuals and exemplars are represented in journalistic media, and what these representations imply about people's understanding of - and participation in - important health issues in society.

The data gathered and examined in this volume are from the Nordic countries. The Nordic countries represent an interesting case study in media regulation globally, combining robust protections of press freedom with a significant level of regulation - reflecting the assumption that media are a social institution and not simply a private business. The Nordic countries are characterized by a high level of media distribution and consumption, both when it comes to legacy and social media. In this region, news media are also known to be innovative and resourceful, paving the way for new genres and formats. Another important factor is the high level of public health systems and social security legislation in the Nordic countries, which also makes the Nordic countries an interesting field of study.

Detailed information

  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788215030784
  • Publication date: 23.09.2020
  • Book group: 214

Harald Hornmoen

Harald Hornmoen is Professor of journalism at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University. His research interests include risk communication and the relationship between science, journalism and society.
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Birgitte Kjos Fonn

Birgitte Kjos Fonn is Professor of journalism at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University. Media history is one of her main research fields, and gender and the media is a main interest.
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Nathalie Hyde-Clarke

Nathalie Hyde-Clarke (PhD) is Head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, and a Docent in Media and Communication, University of Helsinki. She has previously served as Head of the Department of Culture and Media at Arcada UAS (Finland) and Head of the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). Her interest is in the evolving relationship between media and society, and its effect on different communities and sectors.
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Yngve Benestad Hågvar

Yngve Benestad Hågvar is Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University. He has a PhD in journalistic genre development and is particularly interested in how news is presented in social media.
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