Risk and Causality in Newspaper Reporting
2009 (English)In: Risk Analysis, ISSN 0272-4332, E-ISSN 1539-6924, Vol. 29, no 11, 1566-1577 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The study addresses the textual representation of risk and causality in news media reporting. The analytical framework combines two theoretical perspectives: media frame analysis and the philosophy of causality. Empirical data derive from selected newspaper articles on risks in the Göta älv river valley in southwest Sweden from 1994 to 2007. News media content was coded and analyzed with respect to causal explanations of risk issues. At the level of individual articles, this study ﬁnds that the media provide simple causal explanations of risks such as water pollution, landslides, and ﬂooding. Furthermore, these explanations are constructed, or framed, in various ways, the same risk being attributed to different causes in different articles. However, the study demonstrates that a fairly complex picture of risks in the media emerges when extensive material is analyzed systematically.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Vol. 29, no 11, 1566-1577 p.
causality; framing; media; risk
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180306DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2009.01296.xISI: 000271065300009PubMedID: 19765246ScopusID: 2-s2.0-70350491266OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-180306DiVA: diva2:892417
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