Title
Importance of risk communication during and after a nuclear accidentImportance of risk communication during and after a nuclear accident
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Research group
Media, Movements and Politics (M2P)
Publication type
article
Publication
Pensacola, Fla,
Subject
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Integrated environmental assessment and management. - Pensacola, Fla, 2005, currens
Volume/pages
7(2011):3, p. 388-392
ISSN
1551-3777
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c:vabb:374170
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Past nuclear accidents highlight communication as one of the most important challenges in emergency management. In the early phase, communication increases awareness and understanding of protective actions and improves the population response. In the medium and long term, risk communication can facilitate the remediation process and the return to normal life. Mass media play a central role in risk communication. The recent nuclear accident in Japan, as expected, induced massive media coverage. Media were employed to communicate with the public during the contamination phase, and they will play the same important role in the clean-up and recovery phases. However, media also have to fulfill the economic aspects of publishing or broadcasting, with the bad news is good news slogan that is a well-known phenomenon in journalism. This article addresses the main communication challenges and suggests possible risk communication approaches to adopt in the case of a nuclear accident.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/86baca/291c26ab715.pdf
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