National University of Ireland Galway

Data shared:

Online news content from 2020, 2021 and January-May 2022 which mentions schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or related keywords

Proposed research:

The researchers are looking at questions around how these mental illnesses are represented in Irish online news content. These include an exploration of things such as what context these references are appearing in (e.g. do they appear mostly in relation to crime?); whether the content includes the personal experience of a friend or family member and whether there is any input from a mental health professional. A key requirement is that the research should highlight reporting practices that can inform training for journalists.

Status: This research has now been completed. You can access the full research paper here.

Additional Resources

Irish Examiner Article

Niamh Jiménez wrote a piece for the Irish Examiner on the findings of the research. You can read her article here.

PowerPoint Presentation

Download the PowerPoint presentation that adds context to the team’s research.

Challenging Stigma Graph

This graph demonstrates the extent to which Irish print and online media actively challenges stigma around schizophrenia.