A large-scale analysis of health journalism by reliable and unreliable media

Sameer Dhoju, Md Main Uddin Rony, Muhammad Ashad Kabir, Naeemul Hassan

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

51 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Media outlets play crucial roles in disseminating health information. Previous studies have examined how health journalism is practiced by reliable and unreliable media outlets. However, most of the existing works are conducted over a relatively small set of samples. In this study, we investigate a large collection (about 30 thousand) of health-related news articles which were published by 29 reliable and 20 unreliable media outlets and identify several differences in health journalism practice. Our analysis shows that there are significant structural, topical, and semantic disparities in the way reliable and unreliable media outlets conduct health journalism. We argue, in this age of 'fake news', these findings will be useful to combat online health disinformation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2019
Subtitle of host publicationHealth and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsBrigitte Seroussi, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Brigitte Seroussi
PublisherIOS Press
Pages93-97
Number of pages5
Volume264
ISBN (Electronic)9781643680033
ISBN (Print)9781643680026
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2019
Event17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2019 - Cité Internationale - Congress Centre, Lyon, France
Duration: 25 Aug 201930 Aug 2019
https://www.medinfo-lyon.org/en/ (conference website)

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume264
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2019
Abbreviated titleHealth and wellbeing e-networks for all
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period25/08/1930/08/19
Internet address

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A large-scale analysis of health journalism by reliable and unreliable media'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Dhoju, S., Rony, M. M. U., Kabir, M. A., & Hassan, N. (2019). A large-scale analysis of health journalism by reliable and unreliable media. In B. Seroussi, L. Ohno-Machado, L. Ohno-Machado, & B. Seroussi (Eds.), MEDINFO 2019: Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (Vol. 264, pp. 93-97). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 264). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/SHTI190190