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A comparative analysis of media reporting of perceived risks and benefits of genetically modified crops and foods in Kenyan and international newspapers

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
DeRosier, Christopher (main author), Sulemana, Iddisah (author), James, Harvey S. Jr. (author), Valdivia, Corinne (author), Folk, William (author), Smith, Randall D. (author)
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2015
URL:
https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662514568061
Published:
SAGE Journals
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
biotechnology, food security, information sources, media, newspapers, public attitudes, reporting, risk communication, genetic engineering, food issues, Kenya (Africa, Eastern)
Notes:
19 pages., via online journal., We empirically examine the reporting on biotechnology in Kenyan and international newspapers between 2010 and early 2014. We identify news articles that reported on biotechnology and analyze their use of words to determine whether there is a balance in the reporting of perceived risks and benefits. We also consider how the sources used in news articles and how the publication of the Séralini study of rats fed genetically modified maize affect the balance of reporting of perceived risks and benefits. We find that in Kenyan news reporting, more articles mention perceived benefits than risks, but when risks are mentioned, new articles contain more references to risks than to benefits. We also find that sources affect the reporting of perceived risks and benefits and that the Séralini study increased the likelihood that perceived risks are reported in Kenyan news reporting, but not in international newspapers.