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Table 4 Dominant authoritative information sources (by categories) mentioned across all articles (with examples), and in those focusing on the alcohol-cancer story

From: An examination of Australian newspaper coverage of the link between alcohol and cancer 2005 to 2013

Type of Authority Examples (most prevalent named first, with n provided) ALL
(N = 1502)
n (%)
FOCUS
(n = 244)
n (%)
Alcohol/cancer advocacy (including relevant journals) Cancer advocacy/agencies
e.g. Cancer Council (n = 256, includes state and national councils), Cancer Australia, Journal of Clinical Oncology, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Queensland Cancer Fund, World Cancer Research Fund, US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse.
564 (38%) 140 (57%)
Alcohol advocacy/agencies/research
e.g. Salvation Army (n = 48), Alcohol Policy Coalition, Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research.
87 (6%) 15 (6%)
Both alcohol and cancer advocacy/agencies 652 (43%) 155 (64%)
Education (not including alcohol or cancer) University of NSW (13), Oxford University, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, University College London, Journal of Science & Food Agriculture. 242 (16%) 55 (23%)
Other health promoting organisations Australian Medical Association, British Health Department, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Public Health Association of Australia, CSIRO, Australian Dental Association. 143 (9%) 13 (5%)
Health services/ treating orgs Mayo Clinic, Royal Hobart Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Norwest Private Hospital, Gumbuya Mental Health Service, Red Cross Blood Services 49 (3%) 8 (3%)
Generic Generic non-specific
e.g. Reporter (n = 214), reporter, celebrity
236 (16%) 0 (−)
Generic Professionals/Experts
e.g. Dr. (n = 55), chief executive, Japanese researchers, Canadian study, GP, authority, anti-aging expert, researchers, nutritionist, study, dentist
137 (9%) 13 (5%)
All generic sources 373 (25%) 13 (5%)
Industries General (i.e. no-alcohol interest agencies)
e.g. Goodguys (n = 12), Gym, Nathan Lion, Caci, Private business, Meat and Livestock Australia, Pfizer
23 (2%) 0 (−)
Wine/alcohol/consumer interest agencies
e.g. Australian Wine Research Institute (n = 10), Australian Consumer Organisation, International Winehealth, Absolut Cut, Gecko Winery
14 (<1%) 0(−)
All industry sources 37 (2%) 0 (−)
Miscellaneous Adelaide, Barcelona, subject, US entity 7 (>1%) 0 (−)