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When local is national: An analysis of interacting journalistic communities in the coverage of sea rise

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journalism Studies
Issue number3
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)442-462
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date1/09/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This study explicates meanings of local journalism when what was traditionally treated as a local issue for local audiences—Miami’s rising seas—was thrust onto a national stage by national press and for wider audiences. Through a textual analysis of local news stories over a period of three years, this paper highlights how local journalists demarcated local and national journalistic boundaries, using national news to legitimize previous local coverage of sea-level rise, as news sources in local environmental journalism that strengthened presentations by local press as expertise on the issue, ultimately positioning national journalists as “outsiders.”