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Media Coverage on Climate Change: An Analysis of the Relationship between Newspaper and Government Frames

Sandbrand-Nisipeanu, Julia (2016) Media Coverage on Climate Change: An Analysis of the Relationship between Newspaper and Government Frames. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:57548)

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Abstract

Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our times. Most people receive information onclimate change from the mainstream newspapers and broadcast media and it is important that this information be as accurate and complete as possible. As for many other topics, governments are an important point of reference for media coverage on climate change, as they are the main actors regarding international climate negotiations and national climate policy.

I established government frames and checked newspaper articles for frame congruence. The independent variable originally was political parallelism, which, in Hallin and Mancini's model plays a key role in determining the relationship between media and political system. After a first evaluation, political parallelism showed to have less explanatory value for the relationship between newspaper and government frames than expected. As a second explanatory variable, I then established national loyalty, a concept, on which I elaborate in this thesis. This new element gave the thesis a more exploratory character.

This study contributes to the field through its comparative and longitudinal design. While there exists a good body of research on media coverage on climate change, particularly for US and UK media, most studies are cross-sectional and focus on one country. Future research can widen the scope of media included and further explore the notion of national loyalty in media coverage.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Cocking, Ben
Uncontrolled keywords: Frames Framing Political Parallelism Media Newspapers Climate Change Content Analysis UK USA Germany India Qualitative Research Nationalism National Loyalty
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Journalism
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Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57548 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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