Nice talk with Professor Funabiki on Social Impact of Media coverage on Nuclear Radiation

Professor Jon Funabiki
Professor Jon Funabiki from SFSU Journalism Department in his office. Photo credit: Rachel ZHOU

Profile of Professor Jon Funabiki

Jon Funabiki is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University.

Funabiki is the former founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, which developed model programs to improve news media coverage of ethnic minority communities and issues.

He is a former reporter and editor with The San Diego Union, where he specialized in U.S.-Asia political and economic affairs. Reporting from Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines and throughout the U.S., he covered news stories and developed in-depth series on Asia’s emerging democratic movements, economic giants and social trends.

Background of my interview:

My interview is related to the social impact of journalism. My topic is about media coverage from different nations on the nuclear radiation from Japan.

I chose to interview Professor Jon Funabiki for three reasons:

Firstly, he is an expert in analysing social impact of journalism,

Secondly, he has a good knowledge of media in both United States and East Asian countries.

Thirdly, he has personal connection with Japan, as his family were originally from Japan.

My first question is:

An news story in South Korea saying that eating more salt can protect people from nuclear radiation, and then salt in South Korea were sold out in two days. Is it a case reflecting media mislead general public?

(Related news story about Salt shortage in South Korea, click here)

If you want to know Professor Funabiki’s answer on this and more about my interview, please listen to the following mp3  file.


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