Health, Media & Society

Health, Media & Society is a research centre at Ghent University created in response to the project "(De)constructing Health News".

Based on a collaboration between communication studies, sociolinguistics, sociology and medical science, the focus is set on the question how news media construct health issues.


Medsoc Conference

From 7 to 9 September 2016 the Medical Sociology Group of the British Sociological...

ESA Mid-Term conference @Lissabon

From 19 to 21 May 2016 the European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the...

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Stakeholder Analysis

Who are the stakeholders within the field of health issues? What do these stakeholders think about health news and the media? Are they actively producing health news? How do they define health?


News story lifecycle analysis

How do elderly-related health news stories travel among the stakeholders within the field of health issues? Does this lifecycle constitute a linear industry-driven or rather a more complex recursive process?


News sourcing, frame and discourse analysis

Which elderly-related health topics receive most coverage? How do journalists frame their stories? Are they overly positive, or is it the other way around? Who gets a say in the news?


Audience Research

Where do young and senior elderly seek health information? How do they interpret and trust this information? Can health news stories in the media alter behavior of senior citizens?