Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Derigan Silver, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Margaret Thompson

Third Advisor

Frank Laird


Climate change, Cross-cultural media comparison, Framing analysis


This is a framing analysis that compares the coverage of climate change in the New York Times and the Guardian from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2009. This research supports the theory that the coverage in media outlets is affected by the media systems in which they exists, with both similarities and differences in the coverage of the two media outlets. It also supports the argument that climate change coverage in the United States is cyclical and event-driven, while the British media reflects both the cyclical, event-driven liberal media model and the more issues-focused European model. This thesis departs from previous research in that the scientific uncertainty frame is virtually non-existent. However, it shows some progress in U.S. media coverage of climate change, especially with regards to the framing of climate change as a scientific uncertainty, assuming this is a true shift in U.S. media coverage and not simply part of the issue cycle.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Kylah Jae Hedding


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

83 p.


Mass communication, Journalism, International relations