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The Life Cycle of Newspaper Coverage of a Public Issue: Candlelight Protests against US Beef Imports in South Korea

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Authors
Park, Kimuck
Issue Date
2012
Publisher
Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Citation
Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.27 No.1, pp. 41-56
Keywords
issue attention cycleissue competitioncandlelight ralliesmad-cow disease
Abstract
This paper applies Downss concept of the issue attention cycle and
Hilgartner and Bosks public arenas model to the competition among social
problems for public attention. It draws on the recent controversy in Korea about
the import of US beef to test the idea that a major issue has several issues and
events related to it, and that this can explain why its life cycle is extended. The
beef imports controversy involved one issue (concern about mad-cow disease)
and four events (coverage of the disease on the PD Pocketbook TV show, police
excess, intimidation of newspaper advertisers, and activity of the Peoples Council
for Countermeasures against Mad-Cow Disease). Drawing on Hilgartner and
Bosks work, this study develops an issue competition model and uses it to
estimate the decrease in media attention to this controversy. It found that the
decrease in media attention resulted from competition from other issues.
ISSN
1225-5017
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/77254
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