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Foreign, domestic, and cultural factors in climate change reporting: Swedish media’s coverage of wildfires in three continents
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8724-3245
Environmental Sociology Section, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, ISSN 1752-4032, E-ISSN 1752-4040Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study examines domestic media’s coverage of foreign wildfires from a climate change perspective. It explores Swedish newspapers’ coverage of wildfires in Australia, the Mediterranean region, and the USA during a three-year period (February 2013–March 2016), focusing on how and to what extent climate change is viewed as an underlying cause. A central result is that climate change is mentioned far more often in the case of Australian wildfires than of fires in the other two regions. Another finding is that the climate change issue became more prominent after a severe domestic wildfire in 2014. These observations are also examined qualitatively through a combined frame and discourse study where the importance of foreign news values, the use of foreign sources, cultural proximity/distance, and domestication procedures are analysed. In conclusion, foreign, domestic, and cultural factors in climate change reporting in relation to extreme events are further discussed.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017.
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Wildfires, climate change, media, news values, culture, framing
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38111DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1397040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-38111DiVA: diva2:1163841
Available from: 2017-12-08 Created: 2017-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08

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