Who is the agenda setter: The politicization of COVID-19 vaccine in news and online forum in Hong Kong

Miao Xu*, Yining Fan, Baiqi Li, Yunya Song

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

COVID-19 Vaccine draws on wide attention from all walks of society. As an important virus prevention measures and , vaccine is no longer an isolate issue but bring in multiple voices in the public discourse. Online communicative environment even diversified the topics via intermedia agenda setting. However, for a politicized health issue like “COVID-19 vaccine”, traditional frame shifts of intermedia agenda setting theory is insufficient to explicate the dynamics of media-public relations. Furthermore, social emotions on the vaccine is found polarized in Hong Kong society. Therefore, our study aims at examining and contributing to the intermedia agenda setting theory by supplementing other forms of agenda setting processes (i.e. inter-partisan agenda setting, intermedia emotion setting) in online discourse of COVID-19 Vaccine. After applying Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) to Hong Kong news and forum data, the results of semantic network and time-series analysis provide the evidences of politicization of vaccine issue, and importance of media partisanship and social emotions on agenda setting process.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
EventICA 2022 - 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference: One World, One Network? - Paris, France
Duration: 26 May 202230 May 2022
https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA2022

Conference

ConferenceICA 2022 - 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period26/05/2230/05/22
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