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After the Gulf Oil Spill:How the Media Addressed Seafood Safety

June 20, 2013
Research Brief

Amelia L. Greiner, PhD, Lisa P. Lagasse, MHS, Roni A. Neff, PhD, David C. Love, PhD, Rachel Chase, BS, Natasha Sokol, MPH, and Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD

Researchers analyzed 315 articles that covered the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, looking specifically for how journalists addressed the issue of seafood safety. (Most of the shrimp, oysters, and crayfish caught in the U.S. come from the Gulf.)The articles analyzed were selected in the weeks directly following the spill, and during a four-week period surrounding the one-year anniversary of the spill.

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