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The Media and Genetic Modification . Interest groups, Social Responsibility and the Diversity of Views Doug Ashwell, Massey University. Media, Science and the Public. Social responsibility Science and the Public Agenda Setting Public Policy Primary Definers. The research.

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the media and genetic modification

The Media and Genetic Modification

Interest groups, Social Responsibility and the Diversity of Views

Doug Ashwell, Massey University

media science and the public
Media, Science and the Public
  • Social responsibility
  • Science and the Public
  • Agenda Setting
  • Public Policy
  • Primary Definers
the research
The research
  • GM debate 1998 – February 2002
  • Newspapers – Dominion, New Zealand Herald, The Press, Otago Daily Times, Waikato Times and Manawatu Standard
  • 738 ‘hard’ news stories
the marginalisation of interest groups
The Marginalisation of Interest Groups
  • Editorial Decisions
  • “papers very early got wary of the protests and they were generally played down. For instance our newspaper which I worked on made a conscious decision not to show pictures, generally of the protest and the signs and the mock pictures and all this kind of thing” (personal communication, 2001).
the marginalisation of interest groups1
The Marginalisation of Interest Groups
  • Journalistic practices
  • The Royal Commission
resulting themes
Resulting themes
  • Event-led
  • Source driven
  • Tone of reportage
  • Science regulation, GM economics
socially responsible or biased
Socially Responsible or Biased?
  • Social responsibility
  • Public policy
  • Public understanding
  • Where to?