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When attention drives attention: Issue dynamics in environmental news reporting over five decades

Journal article
Authors Monika Djerf-Pierre
Published in European Journal of Communication
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 291-304
ISSN 0267-3231
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 291-304
Language en
Keywords Environmental journalism, news/information, public service broadcasting, public sphere, climate-change, social-problems, media coverage, model
Subject categories Media and Communications


This article examines the dynamic relationship between issues in environmental news reporting. The focus of the study is on issue interactions within a single news programme over a 50-year period, covering all news stories on environmental issues in the main public service news programme on Swedish television between 1961 and 2010. The analysis shows a positive correlation between levels of attention to different environmental issues; intense focus on one category of environmental issues does not crowd out other environmental concerns in the news. On the contrary, a surge in interest to one category of environmental problems generates attention to other environmental issues as well.

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