An historic examination of media’s coverage of epidemics and pandemics will be the topic on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Katie Foss, a professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 29, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
Foss’ new book, “Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media and Collective Memory,” will be out later this year from the University of Massachusetts Press.
It analyzes seven epidemics spanning more than 200 years and the various journalistic approaches to informing the public about them.
Foss said that when observing coverage of the current COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to differentiate between responsible news agencies and what individuals are posting on their social media.
“If we look at mainstream media’s coverage, it’s been diverse,” Foss said. “It’s been as thorough as it can be, offering a lot of perspectives as we gain more information and as the moments change.”
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.