This master thesis explores the development in the coverage of climate change in Danish newspapers between 2009 and 2019 with extra focus on development in the coverage in three selected newspapers.
The starting point of the thesis is a curiosity about why climate change coverage has been criticized regarding the amount of coverage and the promotion of the views of both climate skeptics and doomsday journalism which focus on the gloomy consequences of climate change. In addition, the focus of the thesis derives from an assumption that the amount and content of climate change coverage has changed since 2018 when a heatwave hit many countries across Europe.
The analysis consists of graphs showing the number of articles published about climate change between 2009 and 2019 which investigate the extent of the overall climate coverage in Danish newspapers. The analysis also explores the extent and content of the coverage in Politiken, Kristeligt Dagblad and Ekstra Bladet at three different times during the ten-year span.
The theoretical background for the analysis consists of framing theory, agenda setting theory and theories about journalistic norms such as balance and objectivity and doomsday journalism.
The main discovery of the investigation is that climate skepticism seems to have more or less vanished from the three newspapers. When climate skepticism is mediated, it is conducted with a critical and interpretive approach rather than by the classic journalistic norm of balanced reporting. The thesis also concludes that there are signs that the aforementioned three newspapers are currently covering climate change more often and in a way that allows more aspects of the climate debate to be mediated than ten or even five years ago.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||12 sep. 2019|