Climate Change in the Mainstream Turkish Press: Coverage Trends and Meaning Dimensions in the First Attention Cycle

Mehmet Ali Uzelgun, Paula Castro

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Abstract

This article examines how climate change is represented by the mainstream press in a developing country context characterized by long-term avoidance of the issue. Study 1 establishes the issue coverage trends in two mainstream Turkish newspapers (1997-2013). Study 2 focuses on the news sections of these papers that were used for reporting about the issue in the first attention cycle (1997-2009) to summarize the knowledge and meaning dimensions presented to the Turkish public sphere. The findings show that the issue became part of the press agenda only after the mid-2000s, with a peak in 2007 (Study 1), and that climate change is represented as anthropogenic and alarming/uncontroversial, by drawing on dramatic consequences. These are constructed simultaneously as already out there in the country, and as to be dealt with globally, that is, from outside (Study 2). We discuss the findings by linking them to findings from other developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-752
Number of pages23
JournalMass communication and society
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • SOCIAL REPRESENTATIONS
  • MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS
  • MASS-COMMUNICATION
  • POLITICS
  • NEWSPAPERS
  • WORLDVIEWS
  • SCIENCE
  • TURKEY
  • NEWS

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