Using the news media to disseminate seat belt information to the American public : how police interact with the media and how can we improve it.
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Using the news media to disseminate seat belt information to the American public : how police interact with the media and how can we improve it.

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      "The local news media commonly report motor vehicle crashes (MVC). Police have been

      identified as prominent spokespeople during these news stories and when interviewed, convey

      more prevention information to the public. Despite this, little is known about the interaction

      between police and the news media, the police officers perception of their role in MVC

      prevention or police officers previous media training.

      To address these issues, this project conducted a content analysis of local newspaper MVC

      reporting along with in-depth interviews with police information officers in a midwestern city of

      100,000 population and used this information to develop a web-based MVC media training tool.

      Police information officers regularly interact with the news media, report very little, if any,

      formal media training, view MVC prevention as a significant part of their job description, and

      believe that a web-based MVC media training tool is useful to them and their colleagues.

      Training police officers how to insert prevention messages into “everyday” news stories about

      MVC may be a cost effective way of reaching the public with important information about seat

      belt use and motor vehicle safety. A web-based training tool may be helpful to optimize this

      opportunity provide by the news media."

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