Who is heard in climate change journalism? Sourcing patterns in climate change news in China, India, Singapore, and Thailand

Suzannah Evans Comfort, Edson Tandoc, Mike Gruszczynski

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Abstract

This study examines climate change news attention and sourcing patterns in news publications in China, India, Singapore, and Thailand. Using content analysis of 3781 articles from 1995 to 2017, the study reveals striking similarities in the countries despite their differing media systems. All four countries demonstrate a heavy reliance on government sources, followed by scientists. Activists, business interests, and members of the public are represented at low levels. Only business sources show increase over time. The results also demonstrate relatively low reliance on international news agencies and increased use of staff journalists. Significant reliance on government sources has implications for the poorest communities, which are the most affected by climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-343
Number of pages17
JournalClimatic Change
Volume158
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Content analysis
  • Journalistic practice
  • Sourcing

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