“People should get their booster”: stance towards Covid vaccination in news and academic blogs

Zou, Hang and Hyland, Ken (2023) “People should get their booster”: stance towards Covid vaccination in news and academic blogs. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. ISSN 1384-6655 (In Press)

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Debates around the efficacy and dangers of vaccination have taken on critical importance with the covid pandemic and with WHO naming vaccine hesitancy as a major global health threat. With electronic and social media replacing traditional news outlets for many people, we explore how writers use two types of blog, academic and journalistic, to promote key public health messages around the effectiveness and necessity of Covid-19 vaccinations to a broad and heterogeneous audience. Examining 120 Covid-19 vaccination themed posts from reputable news and academic blog sites, we compare the different ways writers present a stance and take a position towards vaccines and vaccinations in these different interactional contexts. Findings show that both types of bloggers are clearly aware the need to convey a stance towards their topic and audiences and feel entitled to position themselves in relation to vaccination issues, but with different emphasises. The study thus has important implications for how healthcare information is disseminated and persuasion accomplished in these public arenas of discourse.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Language in Education
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2023 09:31
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 09:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92791

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