Panel #1: Communicating Science and Environmental Issues within the Context of Elections (co-sponsored with the Political Communication Interest Group)
This panel will explore the intersection of media and politics with an eye toward scientific and environmental issues facing society. How are issues at the interface of science and society communicated to publics in periods of heightened media attention? What does this mean for journalists working in these areas? How do political and science/environment topics overlap in mediated spaces and what are the implications of these connections? Panelist information TBA—stay tuned!
Panel #2: Global Inequities in Health—The Ethics of Forgotten Communities (possible co-sponsors: Media Ethics, Minorities and Communication, International Communication)
In March 2014, Ebola cases emerged in West Africa. In total, 11,315 people died from the epidemic. 11,309 deaths occurred in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. And yet, American media covered little of the epidemic until September, focusing primarily on the four cases in the United States. Likewise, Zika was given very little attention until a case emerged in Florida. This ethnocentric news coverage in American is not unique, nor is it a contemporary phenomenon. The proposed panel showcases the health concerns of different groups have been ignored, marginalized, and delegitimized, reinforcing hegemonic notions of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, and other intersections. Through research on HIV in Tanzania, cultural barriers for the Roma people in Europe, eradication discourse of polio, and other studies, we will discuss the ethical implications for media’s role in these global inequities. Confirmed panelists: Katie Foss (Middle Tennessee State University), Adina Schneeweis (Oakland University), Ammina Kothari (Rochester Institute of Technology). Additional panelists TBA—stay tuned!