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.
- News media
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Earth-Surface Processes