Climate change in the newsroom: journalists' evolving standards of objectivity when covering global warming

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Climate change in the newsroom: journalists' evolving standards of objectivity when covering global warming

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dc.contributor.advisor Allen, William, 1952- en_US
dc.contributor.author Hiles, Sara Shipley, 1978- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-25T14:31:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-25T14:31:55Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2010 Fall en_US
dc.identifier.other HilesS-120910-T246 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/10553
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on March 29, 2011). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Bill Allen. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism. en_US
dc.description.abstract Climate change may well be the most important environmental issue of our time. For journalists covering the environmental beat, there is no bigger story - and none more treacherous. Journalists have been accused of distorting the scientific consensus by applying "false balance" to those who say anthropogenic climate change is happening and those who say it isn't. This study interviewed 11 experienced environmental reporters for mainstream print or online publications about how they understand the occupational norm of objectivity as applied to coverage of climate change, and how has that changed since 2000. Results were that subjects expressed support for several of nine dimensions of objectivity considered, but they redefined these terms to fit with their experiences. In the case of "balance", reporters have redefined it to mean applying a "weight of evidence" approach (Dunwoody, 2005) to science stories, and they tend to use global warming "skeptics" as sources very sparingly. There only limited support for increased transparency in journalism, especially if that included revealing the reporter's personal opinions. Eight of 11 reporters interviewed said journalists should still be objective when covering climate change - but they indicated this meant "writing with authority," or interpreting their research. The other three journalists rejected the notion of objectivity as being impossible or prone to abuse. This study's findings indicate that the core values of journalism are incredibly durable, especially among its senior practitioners. en_US
dc.format.extent viii, 121 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2010 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism -- Objectivity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental reporting en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Climatic changes -- Press coverage en_US
dc.title Climate change in the newsroom: journalists' evolving standards of objectivity when covering global warming en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Journalism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin b82191608
dc.identifier.oclc 711797404 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theses


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