Depression, Medication, Acne and Suicide: A case study in the reporting and portrayal of suicide in Australia's metropolitan press.

Kate Holland, Warwick Blood, Jane Pirkis, Graham Martin

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Abstract

This paper examines the framing of a health risk in Australian metropolitan newspapers using a case study of the reporting of a coroner’s court findings about the possible links between a teenager’s suicide, depression, and the acne prescription drug, Roaccutane. The paper focuses on a Sydney coroner’s court inquest into the suicide death of 14-year-old Vivian Crane. The findings were reported in the metropolitan press in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in October 2004. This paper investigates the interaction between news values and news frames in the reporting and portrayal of these findings and identifies some of the ways in which news outlets privileged certain news frames over others and, therefore, presented certain risks to the public at the expense of others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 Journalism Education Association Conference
EditorsStephen Stockwell, Ben Isakhan
Place of PublicationQueensland
PublisherSchool of Arts, Griffith University
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)1920952551
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventJournalism Education Association Conference - Surfers Paradise, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 20052 Dec 2005

Conference

ConferenceJournalism Education Association Conference
CountryAustralia
CitySurfers Paradise
Period29/11/052/12/05

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Holland, K., Blood, W., Pirkis, J., & Martin, G. (2005). Depression, Medication, Acne and Suicide: A case study in the reporting and portrayal of suicide in Australia's metropolitan press. In S. Stockwell, & B. Isakhan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2005 Journalism Education Association Conference (pp. 1-14). Queensland: School of Arts, Griffith University.