Telling Stories About Global Climate Change

  title={Telling Stories About Global Climate Change},
  author={K. McComas and J. Shanahan},
  journal={Communication Research},
  pages={30 - 57}
A theory of cyclical patterns in media coverage of environmental issues must account for more than intrinsic qualities of the issues themselves: Narrative factors must be considered. A content analysis of The New York Times and The Washington Post stories from 1980 to 1995 shows how media construct narratives about global warming and how these narratives may influence attention cycles. Empirically, the frequency of newspaper coverage shows cyclical attention to global warming. The content… Expand
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