Title: An Analysis of the Print Media in Europe Following the Chernobyl Accident
Authors: OTWAY HarryPARUCCINI MassimoCANNELL WilliamGIANITSOPOLOUS Giorgios
Publisher: European Commission
Publication Year: 1987
JRC N°: JRC4965
Other Identifiers: EUR 11043 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC4965
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: THE PRINT MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CHERNOBYL ACCIDENT WAS ANALYSED IIN SEVEN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. THE GOAL WAS TO IDENTIFY COMMON COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS AND TO SUGGEST HOW THEY MIGHT BE RESOLVED. ASIDE FROM DIFFICULTIES WITH TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON UNITS OF RADIATION EXPOSURE, CONTAMINATION, AND EFFECTS, THE MEDIA DID A REASONABLY GOOD JOB OF PRESENTING TO THE PUBLIC THE INFORMATION THEY WERE GIVEN BY OFFICIAL SOURCES. SOME EVIDENCE OF CONFUSION WAS FOUND, AND IT AFFECTED THE CREDIBILITY OF COMMUNICATIONS, BUT THE PRESS SEEMED TO BE REFLECTING CONFUSION EXISTING WITHIN CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAMS AND THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY RATHER THAN CREATING IT. SOME OF THE MORE COMMON PROBLEMS ARE DISCUSSED AND IDEAS FOR IMPROVING CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND THE COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION ABOUT RISKS ARE EXPLORED
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