News Narratives about Nano S&T in Major U. S. and Non-U.S. Newspapers

TitleNews Narratives about Nano S&T in Major U. S. and Non-U.S. Newspapers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsStephens, LF
JournalScience Communication
Date Published2005
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
Keywordsframing , NANOSCIENCE , nanoscience: , NEWSPAPERS , PUBLIC , Publishers , SCIENCE , technology
AbstractThe author of this content analytic study examines news narratives about nano science and technology (nano S&T) in major U.S. and non-U.S. newspapers by taking a random sample of 350 articles published from 1988 through mid-July 2004 from a universe of 1,330 articles. in addition to identifying dominant frames or content themes, the author evaluates whether there is a dominant tone or sentiment regarding the ethical, legal, and societal implications of developments and issues in nano S&T Scientific discoveries or projects and the social effects of nano S&T are the dominant frames. The ratio of articles leaning toward the sentiment that benefits outweigh risks versus that risks outweigh benefits is three to one. 
NotesStephens, Lowndes F. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Professor of Journalism, University of South Carolina.; Source Info: Dec2005, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p175; Subject Term: NANOSCIENCE; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: NEWSPAPERS; Subject Term: PUBLISHERS & publishing; Subject Term: SCIENCE; Author-Supplied Keyword: framing; Author-Supplied Keyword: nanoscience: nanotechnology; Author-Supplied Keyword: public understanding of science; Author-Supplied Keyword: science communication; NAICS/Industry Codes: 414420 Book, periodical and newspaper merchant wholesalers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 424920 Book, Periodical, and Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 451212 News Dealers and Newsstands; NAICS/Industry Codes: 451310 Book stores and news dealers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 511110 Newspaper Publishers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 511130 Book Publishers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 511199 All Other Publishers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 511190 Other publishers; Number of Pages: 25p; Document Type: Article