April 20: Talk – Understanding the Role of the News Media in Health and Medicine

Daniel C. Hallin, professor of communication at the University of California, San Diego and fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, will talk on “The Making of Publics in Public Health: Understanding the Role of the News Media in Health and Medicine,” at the JMSC on Friday, April 20.

Dan Hallin

Health and medicine are major subjects in the news, and the media play a central role in circulating medical information and establishing the cultural meaning of medicine. However, there has been relatively little scholarly attention to health and medical reporting.

Hallin proposes a framework in which health and medical journalism plays an active role in helping societies construct medical knowledge and culture.

He has written many books on the media, some of which are considered  among the most influential works in comparative media research in recent decades. His topics include media and politics, media and war, media and public health, the history of journalistic professionalism, and comparative media systems, particularly in Europe and Latin America.

Date: Friday, 20 April 2012
Time: 12-1pm
Venue: Shum Wai Yau Reading Room, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong (see map)

For more information on the JMSC Media Research Seminar series, please click here.