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Date:5/8/2008

survey police and fire departments across the United States to find out how they handle news media inquiries and how many officers have been trained as media spokespeople. The researchers also plan to analyze more TV coverage of accidental injuries, including coverage on Spanish-language newscasts.

"With the intense deadlines of daily TV news, it's hard to get the media to change how it covers certain kinds of staple stories," Pribble said. "But if we can help the media have easy access to experts who can give useful information for the public, and information on what is being done on a policy level to make the public even safer, the end result will be the same: The public will be better informed about injury prevention."

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The World Health Organization has more about injury prevention.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Michigan Health System, news release, May 2008


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