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Title: Maintaining a politicised climate of opinion? Examining how political framing and journalistic logic combine to shape speaking opportunities in UK elite newspaper reporting of climate change
Authors: Matthews, Julian
First Published: 7-Sep-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Public Understanding of Science, 2015, 0963662515599909
Abstract: This article explores the importance of issue politicisation and mediation for the reporting of climate change in UK elite newspapers. Specifically, this investigates how journalistic logic mediates political framing to produce commentaries on and discussion about climate change in the news. In analysing elite newspaper coverage over time in this case, the article shows that (1) various frames introduce the issue as a legitimate problem within coverage and that (2) the news stories these inform are opened to specific commentaries according to ‘elite journalistic logic’. This configuration of coverage orders the speaking opportunities of established voices of science, politics and industry as well as those less established voices that enter to explain and qualify these elite accounts. The article concludes that the ingrained combination of issue politicisation and journalistic logic observed here will likely shape future elite reporting and those voices that it will include.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0963662515599909
ISSN: 0963-6625
eISSN: 1361-6609
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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