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A Pain in the Neck: News Reporting on Graves’ Disease

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source: Academia

year: 2012


Many different illnesses exist, and it is easy for journalists to latch onto the most dramatic and widespread illnesses. Graves’ disease is an incurable condition affecting the thyroid, and related news stories have been found as far back as the late nineteenth century. The aim of this paper is to track newspaper coverage to discern how coverage changed or stayed the same over a period of more than 100 years.

Early newspaper coverage tended to be found in health columns, but coverage has emphasized reporting of public figures in the recent decades. I argue the coverage has changed because reporting the health of public figures has become acceptable as newspapers have also relied on celebrity news.