Framing renewable energy: a comparative study of newspapers in Australia and Sweden

Djerf-Pierre, Monika, Cokley, John and Kuchel, Louise J. (2015) Framing renewable energy: a comparative study of newspapers in Australia and Sweden. Environmental Communication, 10 5: 634-655. doi:10.1080/17524032.2015.1056542

Author Djerf-Pierre, Monika
Cokley, John
Kuchel, Louise J.
Title Framing renewable energy: a comparative study of newspapers in Australia and Sweden
Journal name Environmental Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1752-4032
Publication date 2015-08-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17524032.2015.1056542
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 5
Start page 634
End page 655
Total pages 22
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Australia and Sweden display very different institutional settings and contexts for the production of environmental journalism. This empirical study examined how two major quality newspapers in Sweden and Australia have framed renewable energy as an environmental, political, scientific, economic and civil society issue. A deductive, quantitative methodological approach was used to identify dominant frames and actors in articles in The Australian (Australia) and Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) between October 2010 and June 2011 2010/2011. The findings suggest that the attention given to different types of renewable energy in the two newspapers and how issues were framed was contingent on the domestication of the discussion of renewable energy in the two countries. Reporting on renewable energy in both newspapers was characterized by a focus on “elite” actors and economic frames, the absence of civil society frames and negative (The Australian) or ambiguous (Dagens Nyheter) environmental frames. The study extends our understanding of the contextual conditions that enable and limit journalists when reporting environmental issues.
Keyword Environmental journalism
Renewable energy
Global journalism
Comparative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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