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doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e31821a9da4
Nutrition and Communications

Trends in News Media Reporting of Food and Health Issues: 1995-2005

Wellman, Nancy S. PhD, RD, FADA; Borra, Susan T. BS, RD; Schleman, Jennifer C. BS, APR; Matthews, Jania A. MPS, BS; Amundson, Daniel BA; Tuttle, Michele MPH, RD

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Abstract

From 1995 to 2005, the International Food Information Council Foundation and the Center for Media and Public Affairs conducted biennial surveys of how news media outlets-print, broadcast, and the Internet-cover the important topics of food safety, nutrition, and health. The purpose of these surveys has been to document what kind of media-based information is readily available to consumers, as well as to make some general assessments about the quality of that information and to evaluate the context in which the information was presented.

Media outlets are the primary sources of consumer information on nutrition, food safety, and health; accuracy and helpfulness may be lacking because of consistent lack of context in news coverage

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