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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


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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


ARTICLE: Press covers climate forums insufficiently

The press coverage of various climate governance forums is not enough to allow informed public discussion, write Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Lars Friberg, and Edoardo Saccenti, all of Wageningen University. The authors analysed the coverage of 18 intergovernmental climate meetings, arranged between 2004 and 2009. Articles and opinion pieces regarding those meetings were gathered from seven quality … Continued


ARTICLE: Greenpeace led Dutch nuclear energy debate

Greenpeace was better able to get its message across to Dutch newspapers than nuclear energy companies, write Jelle Boumans and Rens Vliegenthart, both of University of Amsterdam, and Hajo Boomgaarden, of University of Vienna. The authors analysed press releases from two nuclear energy producers and Greenpeace, wire copies from two Dutch news agencies, and news … Continued


ARTICLE: Spanish press neglects food security debate

Spanish media does not engage in proper, national debate over crucial food security issues, write Dionisio Ortiz-Miranda, Olga Moreno Pérez, and Eladio Arnalte Alegre, all of Technical University of Madrid. They analysed news stories published online by Spanish newspapers, and blog posts related to food security issues. The authors identified eight frames through which food … Continued


CFP: Representations of the climate change

An interdisclipinary conference on climate change is now looking for submissions. Titled “Climate Change: Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics”, the event will take place in Brighton, UK, on the 28th and 29th of April 2016. The conference is among other things interested in the media representations, and the politics thereof, of climate change. Abstract submissions … Continued


ARTICLE: NGOs paint the image of climate change

Newspapers veer towards using the visual frames offered by non-governmental organizations, rather than those of governmental spokespeople, write Antal Wozniak, Hartmut Wessler and Julia Lück, all of University of Mannheim. The authors interviewed journalists, NGO representatives and governmental spokespeople taking part in two United Nations climate change conferences (in 2012 and 2013). They also analyzed … Continued