The media and a state-level climate change policy: A content analysis of the newspaper coverage of the California greenhouse gas emissions standards
This study analyzes how eight major newspapers cover the California greenhouse gas emissions standards that apply to cars and light trucks. The content analysis method used consists of coding the articles in accordance with several variables to determine the level of newsworthiness the issue is granted by the journalists and the newspapers; to detect the overarching media frames used by the journalists; to discover which individuals from which key groups (the government, the automobile industry, environmental organizations) are referred to or interviewed most frequently; and finally, to understand the perspectives and frames used in the editorials, op-eds, and letters-to-the-editor that cover the issue. The findings show that some papers have deemed the issue more newsworthy than others. The findings also indicate that journalists use detectable media frames to present the issue. Most notably, the "Conflict between the Automobile Industry and California" is found to be the frame used most frequently by journalists in the regular news sections, while in the editorials and op-eds the issue is presented under the "Politics" frame. Finally, consistent with previous research, it has been discovered that individuals from environmental organizations are referred to and interviewed less often than government officials and individuals from the automobile industry. The thesis concludes with a review of the key findings for each newspaper and general claims about how the issue has been covered in mainstream newspapers.*
*This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Microsoft Office.
Area planning & development
0999: Area planning & development