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Climate change

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The Information Deficit Model Is Dead. Now What? Evaluating New Strategies For Communicating Anthropogenic Climate Change In The Context Of Contemporary American Politics, Economy, And Culture, Paul Mcdivitt Jan 2016

The Information Deficit Model Is Dead. Now What? Evaluating New Strategies For Communicating Anthropogenic Climate Change In The Context Of Contemporary American Politics, Economy, And Culture, Paul Mcdivitt

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Social science researchers studying the public controversy over Anthropogenic Climate Change (ACC) in the United States have convincingly argued that the “Information Deficit Model” (IDM), which assumes that the public needs more and better information, represents an insufficient strategy for communicating the science and risks of, and solutions to, ACC. Instead, these researchers propose alternative strategies, under the umbrella of what has been called the “contextual model.” These strategies attempt to incorporate social context — in the form of culturally resonant messages, frames, and other rhetorical devices — into communication with the public. Several researchers have even developed rigorous experimental methodologies to ...


Media Tales Of Two Coastal Cities: Exploring The Coverage Of Sea Level Rise In New York City And New Orleans, Nicolene Judith Durham Jul 2014

Media Tales Of Two Coastal Cities: Exploring The Coverage Of Sea Level Rise In New York City And New Orleans, Nicolene Judith Durham

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The study of climate change communications is an area of research that’s relatively new, changing and considerably important as the climate itself evolves. Analyses of climate change in the media have examined the impact of ideology, the power dynamics and politics over who speaks for the climate, and implications of the way climate change is framed. This study media effects and climate change communications, in order to showcase the unique “tale of two coastal cities,” considering a case study that compares New York City, New York and New Orleans, Louisiana. The study first explores a background of each region ...


Climate Change In Popular Magazines: The Role Of Long Form Journalism In Communicating ‘The Most Important Issue Of Our Time’, Katherine Doan Nettles Jan 2013

Climate Change In Popular Magazines: The Role Of Long Form Journalism In Communicating ‘The Most Important Issue Of Our Time’, Katherine Doan Nettles

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study investigates the previously unstudied role that popular magazines, as a form of soft news, potentially have in framing climate change debates, by carrying messages about the issue in ways that traditional media research has overlooked. This is done using content analysis to identify frequency of coverage and framing themes of climate change existence, causes, implications, and solutions.

With monthly circulations as high as 23 million per magazine, and a diverse audience that includes the American working class, magazines in this study vary widely across genres in their coverage and presentation of climate change from framing, sourcing, and policy ...


Underreported Stories On Climate Change And Coral Reefs In These Times Of Diminishing International Reporting: Mining The Scholarly Literature Through Regular Annotated Bibliographies, Lucy Anne Higgins Jan 2013

Underreported Stories On Climate Change And Coral Reefs In These Times Of Diminishing International Reporting: Mining The Scholarly Literature Through Regular Annotated Bibliographies, Lucy Anne Higgins

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The goal of this project is to explore solutions to the increasingly difficult challenge of covering international environmental topics, such as coral reefs and climate change, during times of constrained budgets, shrinking environmental reporting, and disappearing foreign news bureaus. In this context of limited resources, this study explores whether the periodic bibliographic review of scholarly literature may offer a low-expense avenue for news organizations to sustain or even increase the breadth and depth of coverage of these important topics. This study compares coverage of coral reefs and climate change in scholarly journal articles (2007-2011) to those in the popular press ...