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AbstractThis paper aims to investigate media coverage of disease outbreaks and epidemics by focusing on the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the AIDS epidemic as specific examples. Using news articles and scientific reports, this paper investigates the biology and history of both diseases to provide context and analyze how news coverage changes. A study of articles published by news organizations such as The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Associated Press, and The Los Angeles Times reveals that media coverage of disease outbreaks and epidemics follows three different "waves": early scientific reporting, analysis of the political and social ramifications of an outbreak, and finally in-depth and investigative reporting of an epidemic.
Degree ProgramHonors College