Research

The research team at BMSG investigates how issues affecting the public’s health are presented in the media. The goal of our work is to use our findings to support the media and policy efforts of public health advocates to create healthy environments for all communities. Our research falls into two categories. For advocates in the field, we deliver a variety of policy-oriented materials, such as framing briefs and case studies. These documents offer incisive, timely analyses of how much coverage a public health issue is getting, how it is being framed in news or marketing media, and how effectively advocates have used the media to further their policy agenda. We also publish content analyses for the academic and policy communities. These projects use scientific methods to explore in greater depth the nature and extent of a public health issue's coverage and framing.

More than mass shootings: Gun violence narratives in California news

Gun violence is preventable, but not enough people know that because news coverage tends to characterize it as inevitable and extreme. How, then, do the three most common types of gun violence — suicide, domestic violence, and community violence — appear in news coverage? And to what extent are solutions discussed? Learn more in our latest news analysis.

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