Old-growth forests on network news: News sources and the framing of an environmental controversy

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Abstract

The old-growth forest debate involves two sides ("procut" and "prosave") presenting competing views of the issue. Television news stories may reflect one or the other of these frames through (1) choice of sources, (2) choice of visuals, and (3) reporter's summary remarks. We examined four years of coverage on ABC, CBS, and NBC, and found that while the distribution of visuals was inconclusive, source use and reporter wrapups predominantly reflected the procut frame. This may be because the procut frame emphasized an unambiguous conflict that was more amenable to brief explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-65
Number of pages13
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quaterly
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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