Sex and relationship education and the media: an analysis of national and regional newspaper coverage in England

Kingori, P. and Wellings, K. and French, R. and Kane, R. and Gerresu, M. and Stephenson, J. (2004) Sex and relationship education and the media: an analysis of national and regional newspaper coverage in England. Sex Education, 4 (2). pp. 111-124. ISSN 1468-1811

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Abstract

Newspapers are recognised as a major source of factual information. The media representation of issues related to teenage pregnancy is important to policy makers and those delivering related interventions. This is particularly so in relation to issues which may be seen as sensitive by the
public, such as sex and relationship education (SRE). Despite general recognition of the importance of the media in communicating to the public, there is an absence of satisfactory tools with which to evaluate newspaper reports, particularly so in the field of SRE. In this paper we present a systematic examination of newspaper articles related to SRE from September 2000 to September 2002, in the national and regional press in England. Our analysis has highlighted some important distinctions between newspaper type, spokesperson and region. This paper concludes that a pro-active strategy of directly contacting high circulation newspapers with a view to positively influencing the tone of relevant articles and reports would be of considerable benefit to those involved in SRE, teenage pregnancy and related interventions.

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Additional Information:Newspapers are recognised as a major source of factual information. The media representation of issues related to teenage pregnancy is important to policy makers and those delivering related interventions. This is particularly so in relation to issues which may be seen as sensitive by the public, such as sex and relationship education (SRE). Despite general recognition of the importance of the media in communicating to the public, there is an absence of satisfactory tools with which to evaluate newspaper reports, particularly so in the field of SRE. In this paper we present a systematic examination of newspaper articles related to SRE from September 2000 to September 2002, in the national and regional press in England. Our analysis has highlighted some important distinctions between newspaper type, spokesperson and region. This paper concludes that a pro-active strategy of directly contacting high circulation newspapers with a view to positively influencing the tone of relevant articles and reports would be of considerable benefit to those involved in SRE, teenage pregnancy and related interventions.
Keywords:Teenage pregnancy, evaluation, media coverage, Interpersonal relations, Sex instruction, Information services, Education, Newspapers, Teenage conception
Subjects:L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:1895
Deposited By: Ros Kane
Deposited On:25 Jun 2009 12:55
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:32

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