Environmental degradation in brazilian amazonia: Perspectives in us news media

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While news media play a major role in shaping public opinion and government policy, existing literature suggests that coverage of both the third world and environmental issues is superficial and crisis-oriented. This study usesthe example of Amazonian deforestation to explore the quantity and content of coverage in influential Americannewspapers. We found that coverage included a wide range of (sometimes) contradictory theories regarding thecauses of deforestation, and that the amount, but not the nature, of the coverage changed in response to a "crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-485
Number of pages12
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Amazon
  • Brazil
  • Deforestation
  • News media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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