Communication and Humanities


McKenzie Locker



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McKenzie Locker, HON 400: All College Honors Colloquium
Faculty Mentors: Professor Therese Fuerst, Communication and Professor Michael Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages

The media has become an essential part of everyday life. The role of media has expanded greatly over the years, and the ways that one can stay up-to-date have increased. Whether it be print, television, social media, or radio, the media is where most people get their information. The media is there to inform; however, is it helping or hurting public panic in the process? The way that the media presents information to the public, especially in times of turmoil, influences the public’s reaction to a situation. The media has the ability to either calm people’s worries or instill fear. Through the methodology of literature review, this study attempts to define the media’s role and impact on public panic, looking specifically at larger-scale issues that have faced the United States. This study reviews 9/11, the Ebola outbreak, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Coronavirus. Our study findings are presented in poster form.

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Arts and Humanities

The Media's Role in Public Panic
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