H1N1 coverage

Do you think media coverage of H1N1 has been useful? Explain.

How would you rate the different mediums on usefulness of coverage?

———local newspapers

———local broadcast stations

———national newspapers

———national broadcast stations

———Cable Television stations



  1. The coverage between all these mediums, to me, are just about the same. They are all talking about how the H1N1 vaccines are coming, or they’ve made it to a certain area, or people who have died from it. Personally, I think it was overly hyped when it first started hitting the scene, but at the same time, I can understand its importance. It’s good to get the word out and let people know of diseases and sicknesses coming their way. I think the mediums over hyped so much that some people were terrified. That just shows how much power all these mediums have on our people who either reads newspapers, watch and listen to our broadcast. Right now, I think they have done a pretty good job of toning it down some. Usually when I’m either reading or watching, I see updates on where people can get their vaccines, updates on cases that have led to deaths, and give people tips on how they can protect themselves from the flu. As long as they keep this up, I personally believe they’re doing a great job of their coverage, unlike their coverage before.

    Comment by lamarhreporter — November 8, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  2. H1N1 is overdone. It seems to be the only story all mediums are talking about. Now instead of covering the national aspect of it, most are covering the vaccine and its shipment to near school and medical facilities. I think at first all of the coverage was crazy, saying half the country was going to get it and that thousands of people were going to die. H1N1 coverage is making everyone scared when they really shouldn’t be. Yes, it is going to effect a lot of people, but most won’t die; it’s just another form of the flu. Many mediums were covering it like it’s going to kill half the world, but it’s not. I think from before it has toned down a lot especially with local newspaper and news channels. Their now covering about the vaccine and its delivery. Along with the local version of the H1N1 vaccine being slowed down, I think the national level has switched to a different mode also. Yes, we hear about how many people have it and have been killed by it, but it is not as hyped as before. Now, we know what to do if a family member has it or how to prevent from getting it. At first, as with all big news stories, it was over covered and over used, but now that everyone knows about it coverage has lessened and changed to calm some peoples nerves.

    Comment by Kristin Jording — November 8, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

  3. From my point of view, H1N1 coverage has been slightly overdone by all of these different news sources. While the information in the beginning was helpful and informative, it has now gotten to the point where news stations are just scaring the viewers. Instead of following up on the different statistics in a organized, professional manner, the sources are revealing conflicting opinions and statements. At this point, people are just left oblivious rather than updated.

    Comment by Kaitlin Sullivan — November 9, 2009 @ 10:25 am

  4. Like what everyone esle has said so far about the blog, I hear the same story over and over again. Most of the stories deal with groups who have received the vaccines and others who have not yet received them. The news organizations may be trying to update the public about the vaccines, but they’re just being repetitive in the process. The stories are all the same on both the national and local levels, so I would give the overall news coverage a one and a half out of five stars.
    One issue that may be helpful to know, especially concerning college medium, is whether or not colleges will close down if more than 25 percent of people on campus catch the swine flu. There has bee a rumor about that around campus, so finding more information on that will be extremely helpful.

    Comment by Alesha Bailey — November 9, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

  5. Yes I think the information has been useful but at the same time I feel as if the information being said in the media is very repetitive. I do feel that H1N1 is an important issue that needs more news coverage. It would be nice to get direct coverage about H1N1 from newspapers and tv. I have heard so many rumors about H1N1 around the US and around campus. It would be nice to actually know the truth instead of rumors. I feel that the tv and newspapers do the same job at the rate of usefulness in H1N1 coverage.

    Comment by slbilharz — November 10, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  6. I believe that the H1N1 coverage was useful but it is not anymore. I feel when H1N1 was still new and people were terrified of catching it the coverage was important to the public. Now people know what it is and how to avoid it and it is just like any other sickness now. I believe that the local paper and broadcasts are going to far in the coverage. H1N1 is on the cover of every newspaper and breaking news on TV. In my opinion they have run out of things to talk about because all they have to left to say is who has and hasn’t received the vaccine. Yes, it took longer then expected to get to the schools but when I pick up the paper in the morning I want to read information the affects me and not just one county or local area. H1N1 on a national level has been effective because it is less important to the news but they still give the readers and listeners information about it. I believe the H1N1 scare is over and most people just want to move on in the news.

    Comment by Beth Steele — November 11, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  7. I feel all the media surrounding H1N1 has been anything but over-exaggerated! I mean its that time of the year where tons of people catching the flu and/or sinus problems. The only people that seem to be seriously concerned are older people who are already hypochondriacs about everything. H1N1 is nothing but the current illness to worry about. It changes every year. First it was mad cow disease then it transcended into sars and the bird flu. Seriously, two years from now people will forget all about swine flu. Not to mention, most of the students I’ve heard talk about it are not concerned. One of my professors asked who had been vaccinated and only three people in my class of 30 or so raised their hands. The paper only covers H1N1 because it has nothing else of interest or importance to put in its place.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — November 12, 2009 @ 11:02 am

  8. The coverage of H1N1 in the media especially on TV has only created panic. Regular flu kills more people then H1N1 did. All media outlets created a panic newspapers and TV. Especially on cable news, they have news all day long and they need something to talk about. So in order for them to get viewers they have to create panic and H1N1 surly made a lot of people scared. Their coverage of this virus was pretty useful because everyone is still talking about it. Their coverage really caught people attention and now everyone is taking precautions. We can see that even here at EIU , we have hand sanitizers every on campus and people are educated on how to stop the spread of this virus.

    Comment by Michael Stopka — November 13, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

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