Comparing Local TV News with National TV News in Cancer Coverage: An Exploratory Content Analysis.

Journal of health communication

PubMedID: 24750022

Lee CJ, Long M, Slater MD, Song W. Comparing Local TV News with National TV News in Cancer Coverage: An Exploratory Content Analysis. J Health Commun. 2014;1-13.
The authors compared local TV news with national TV news in terms of cancer coverage using a nationally representative sample of local nightly TV and national network TV (i.e., ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN) cancer news stories that aired during 2002 and 2003. Compared with national TV news, local TV cancer stories were (a) much shorter in length, (b) less likely to report on cancer prevention (i.e., preventive behaviors and screening tests), and (c) less likely to reference national organizations (i.e., National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration) that have made clear recommendations about ways to prevent cancer. The implications of these findings for health communication research and cancer education were discussed.