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.
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- Climate change
- Content analysis
- Journalistic practice