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Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment by H O'Hair

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NEWS COVERAGE OF CANCER RESEARCH

Does Disclosure of Scientific Uncertainty Enhance Credibility?

Chelsea L. Ratcliff, Jakob D. Jensen, Katheryn Christy, Kaylee Crossley, and Melinda Krakow

The news media are recognized as an essential channel for communicating health research and recommendations to the public (Atkin & Wallack, 1990; Jensen, Krakow, John, & Liu, 2013; Johnson, 1997). News stories can educate lay audiences about methods for preventing a myriad of health risks, including cancer, which is the second leading cause of death among Americans (Siegel, Miller, & Jemal, 2015; Stryker, Moriarty, & Jensen, 2008). However, whether or not the public trusts a source of risk information can influence how they interpret and respond to the ...

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