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Reporting of the ACT heroin trials

Miller, Peter 2010, Reporting of the ACT heroin trials, Journal of media and communication studies, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 001-008.

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Title Reporting of the ACT heroin trials
Author(s) Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Journal name Journal of media and communication studies
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 001
End page 008
Total pages 8
Publisher Academic Journals
Place of publication [Nigeria]
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 2141-2545
Keyword(s) drugs
discourse
heroin maintenance
prescription
media ownership
metaphor
stereotypes
rhetoric.
Summary The aim of this research is to analyse the reports of the proposed heroin maintenance trials in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.), in Melbourne print media during 1997. The proposal for trials of heroin-prescription to long-term users in the A.C.T. was based on extensive scientific research. The rejection of this proposal by Prime Minister Howard raised many questions. This study was designed to help understand what discourses and rhetorical devices were used in the reporting of heroin issues in the media and what part some sections of the media played in the government’s decision. Discourse analysis was conducted of newspaper articles from two major Melbourne newspapers, The Age and the Herald-Sun for the year 1997. All articles relating to heroin and drug-policy from the newspapers were included for analysis. Those in favour of the trials used predominantly health and social discourses. Those opposed used moral discourses supported with stereotypes, metaphors, emotive practices and ‘inaccuracies’. There were considerable differences in discourses presented by The Age and the Herald-Sun. This study demonstrates that opposition to the heroin trials relied on rhetorical strategies and sensationalistic arguments, rather than meaningful debate of scientific and social issues. Researchers should act to identify the stereotypes and metaphors used in the discourses surrounding an issue and act to disarm them.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Academic Journals
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031531

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