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Framing nitrogen pollution in the British press: 1984-2018

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>16/09/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Discourse and Communication
Issue number1
Volume14
Number of pages20
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date16/09/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Awareness of the risks posed by excess nitrogen is low beyond the scientific community. As public understanding of scientific issues is partly influenced by news reporting, this article is the first to study how the British press has discussed nitrogen pollution. A corpus-assisted frame analysis of newspaper articles (1984-2018) highlighted 5 frames: Activism where environmental charities and organisations are portrayed as having an active role in fighting pollution; Government Responsibility where privatisation is presented as central and positioned as one of the main causes of pollution; Industry Responsibility in which industries’ actions are depicted as causing pollution to increase; Pollutions as Politics in which pollution is not discussed as a problem to be solved, but rather as a means to increase votes; and Risk where readers are warned about the possible effects of pollution on human health, flora and fauna. The analysis also points to the absence of named scientists and sources with the coverage being dominated by politicians.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Discourse & Communication, ? (?), 2019, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Discourse & Communication page: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/dcm on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/