Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Derigan Silver, Ph.D.
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.
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Kylah Jae Hedding
Received from ProQuest
Hedding, Kylah Jae, "Is It Hot(ter) out There or Is It Just (the) Me(dia)? A Comparative Framing Analysis of Climate Change in the New York Times and the Guardian" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 279.
Mass communication, Journalism, International relations