Although my research focuses on media representations of mental illness and how the press try to achieve positive reporting on this topic, I’m finding myself becoming more and more interested in the way that attempts are made to govern the way that the media reports on news events.
This morning, I listened to a podcast by the BBC World Service’s The Inquiry, which explored this very issue – focusing not only mental illness, but on terrorism. It explored four different ways that governments have attempted to address how terrorism was reported in the media and the impact that these approaches had on not only terrorism itself, but also on the media industry.
I would highly recommend a listen, if you have the time. You can find the podcast here.