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Climate change policymaking

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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 ...