Risky news, madness and public crisis: A case study of the reporting and portrayal of mental health and illness in the Australian press


Author(s)Blood, Warwick and Kate Holland
Title Risky news, madness and public crisis: A case study of the reporting and portrayal of mental health and illness in the Australian press
Source Journalism,Vol. 5, No. 3, 2004, pp. 323-342
Date 2004
Document type Journal article
Coverage

Australia

Summary This article contends that although research shows that people with diagnosed mental illnesses are more likely to be the victims of crime rather than the perpetrators of crime, the media tends to portray people with diagnosed mental illness as a generalised public risk.   It uses as an example the cases of two patients who absconded from Brisbane mental health facilities in 2 001-02 and the media coverage that resulted in a complaint to the Australian Press Council.
Keywords Media, journalist, reporting, mental health, mental illness, risk.
Topic Media