ARTICLE: Climate change reporting needs alternative frames

Environmental injustice is a key issue in understanding climate change. When discussing environmental justice, mainstream media mainly reproduces anthropocentrism, that is, a human-centric view, write Renée Moernaut, of Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Antwerp, Jelle Mast, of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Yves Pepermans, of University of Antwerp. The researchers conducted a multimodal framing analysis, looking … Continued

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ARTICLE: Not all “digital players” differ from legacy media

Digital native news outlets are not all the same when it comes to topic priorities, write James Painter, of University of Oxford, Silje Kristiansen, of Northeastern University, and Mike S. Schäfer, of University of Zurich. The authors analysed the coverage of the 21st climate change summit, also known as Conference of the Parties (COP). The … Continued

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ARTICLE: Environmental narratives work better when they resonate with people’s orientations

Fuyuan Shen and Lee Ahern of Pennsylvania State University, and Jiangxue Han of Appalachian State University, studied how individuals’ environmental orientations moderate how people perceive environmental news. The researchers did an experiment in which they made 88 students read either a narrative or informational newspaper article on the environmental consequences of shale gas drilling in … Continued

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ARTICLE: A multi-level look at environmental journalism

How do different levels of influences affect the daily work of environmental journalists? Ever Josue Figueroa, of the University of Texas at Austin, studied environmental journalism as a space for a multi-level analysis, using a newer configuration of the hierarchy of influences model (HOI) as a theoretical framework. Figueroa conducted in-depth interviews with 13 environmental … Continued

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ARTICLE: Chinese and Western representations of smog in Beijing

Chinese and Anglo-American media represent Beijing’s smog problem very differently, write Ming Liu, of Sun Yat-sen University, and Chaoyuan Li, of Xi’an International Studies University. The authors algorithmically analysed 1 410 news articles published by China Daily, The Guardian, The Times, and The New York Times. Most notably, the Western sources tended to dramatize the … Continued


CFP: Challenges for environmental communication

The biennial conference of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) is looking for various submissions. The conference, entitled “Democracy, Borders and Public/Political Engagement: Challenges for Environmental Communication” will take place between June 29th and July 2nd 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. The event organisers welcome a diverse array of submission types: papers, panels, workshops, posters, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Frames of climate change news travel across journalistic cultures

Issue frames of climate change conferences converge across countries, while narratives are more diverse and country-specific, a new study states. Authors of this cross-national paper are Julia Lück of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Hartmut Wessler of the University of Mannheim, Antal Wozniak of the University of Exeter and Diógenes Lycarião of the Federal University … Continued

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ARTICLE: How to visualize climate change?

One should be mindful of the effect of images when selecting illustrations for any climate change related communications, write Stacy Rebich-Hespanha and Ronald E. Rice, both of University of California. The authors point out potential issues relating to the 15 most prominent visual frames used in climate change news by US newspapers. They also propose … Continued

ARTICLE: Changing coverage of flamingo conservation

Local and regional newspapers’ framing of flamingo conservation efforts on France’s southern coast has changed over the years, write Lisa Ernoul, of Aix-Marseille University, and Angela Wardell-Johnson, of Curtin University. The authors analysed 108 articles from five newspapers regarding flamingos in the Camargue region, published between 2008 and 2014. The authors identified clear differences between … Continued