This thesis regards how Danish climate reporters address ideals and criteria of journalism in their coverage of climate change. Based on qualitative interviews with seven Danish climate reporters, who separately represent some of the biggest national news media in Denmark, it examines whether traditional ideals, criteria and practices of journalism are to be redefined in response to the proportions of climate change. In relation to the varied statements given in the interviews, the paper specifically discusses if climate change is a unique case in comparison to other subject areas. This regards whether the reporters address the subject differently than other areas by taking special communicative means into consideration when covering climate change. Furthermore, the paper investigates whether the reporters understand activist means as an effective tool in covering climate change and/or if they find that activist means conflict with journalistic reliability and professionalism. The paper looks into whether the reporters predominantly have a national or international perspective in their coverage of climate change. The thesis reaches the conclusion that the reporters largely position themselves in a traditional journalistic role defending themselves against any association with activism because they fear that activist means decrease their reliability as reporters. However, the paper concludes that the majority of the reporters do see climate change as a unique case in the media landscape and that climate change, therefore, needs to be covered with well-considered and innovative approaches.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||26 maj 2019|
|Vejledere||Leif Hemming Pedersen|