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Conceptualizing Risk Or, Does Risk Equal News?

Conceptualizing Risk Or, Does Risk Equal News?

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By Katherine E. Rowan, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication, GMU
http://communication.gmu.edu

Presentation for a
National Press Foundation Webinar
Washington, DC
January 2013
By Katherine E. Rowan, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication, GMU
http://communication.gmu.edu

Presentation for a
National Press Foundation Webinar
Washington, DC
January 2013

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Published by: National Press Foundation on Jan 23, 2013
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Conceptualizing Risk 
Or, Does Risk Equal News?
Katherine E. Rowan, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication, GMUkrowan@gmu.edu,http://communication.gmu.edu 
Presentation for a
National Press Foundation Webinar
Washington, DCJanuary 2013
 
In General
Men view risks as less harmful than women do
Regardless of the risk 
Nuclear power
Climate change
Cancer
Handguns
White males see all as less harmful than menof color and women do
Source: Finacune and associates
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Who is Right?
Are white males more likely than othergroups to be well educated?
In general, yes.
Is that the whole story?
Risk = uncertain danger
Many factors shape the ways we view danger,especially uncertain danger.
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