The Role of Mass Media and Journalism in Risk Communication

“Journalists do not only report about the reality, they also influence it. Communication scholars point out that journalists have an active role to play in reporting about an event (crisis). They represent, interpret, and construct it and the related political and public salience of various issues is partly driven by the media coverage. Research has shown that when media increase their attention to a given issue, the political elites jump on the bandwagon by stating their opinion, asking parliamentary questions, tabling law proposals, or issuing executive orders.

Perko, J Mass Communicat Journalism 2012, 2:2 
DOI: 10.4172/2165-7912.1000e110