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Media representations of climate change : A meta-analysis of the research field


Schäfer, Mike S; Schlichting, Inga (2014). Media representations of climate change : A meta-analysis of the research field. Environmental Communication, 8(2):142-160.

Abstract

A flurry of studies in recent years has analyzed the role of media in climate change communication. This article provides a systematic, large-scale, and up-to-date overview of the objects and characteristics of this research field through a meta-analysis. It identifies 133 relevant studies and analyzes them empirically. The results show that research activity has risen strongly over time, and that the analytical spectrum has expanded to include an increasing number of countries, more types of media including online and social media, and different methodological approaches. The analysis also demonstrates, however, that scholarship in the field still concentrates strongly on Western countries and print media.

Abstract

A flurry of studies in recent years has analyzed the role of media in climate change communication. This article provides a systematic, large-scale, and up-to-date overview of the objects and characteristics of this research field through a meta-analysis. It identifies 133 relevant studies and analyzes them empirically. The results show that research activity has risen strongly over time, and that the analytical spectrum has expanded to include an increasing number of countries, more types of media including online and social media, and different methodological approaches. The analysis also demonstrates, however, that scholarship in the field still concentrates strongly on Western countries and print media.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:05 Nov 2014 08:11
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:27
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1752-4032
Additional Information:Special Issue: Media Research on Climate Change: Where have we been and where are we heading?
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2014.914050

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