Boykoff, M. T., & Mansfield, M. (2008). “Ye Olde Hot Aire”: Reporting on human contributions to climate change in the UK tabloid press. Environmental Research Letters, 3, 1-8. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/3/2/024002
This letter explores daily print media coverage of climate change in four United Kingdom (UK) tabloid newspapers: The Sun (and News of the World), Daily Mail (and Mail on Sunday), the Daily Express (and Sunday Express), and the Mirror (and Sunday Mirror). Through examinations of content in articles over the last seven years (2000–2006), triangulated with semi-structured interviews of journalists and editors, the study ﬁnds that UK tabloid coverage signiﬁcantly diverged from the scientiﬁc consensus that humans contribute to climate change. Moreover, there was no consistent increase in the percentage of accurate coverage throughout the period of analysis and across all tabloid newspapers, and these ﬁndings are not consistent with recent trends documented in United States and UK ‘prestige press’ or broadsheet newspaper reporting. Findings from interviews indicate that inaccurate reporting may be linked to the lack of specialist journalists in the tabloid press. This study therefore contributes to wider discussions of socio-economic inequality, media and the environment. Looking to newspapers that are consumed by typically working class readership, this article contributes to ongoing investigations related to what media representations mean for ongoing science–policy interactions as well as potentialities for public engagement.
; Mansfield, M
(2008). “Ye Olde Hot Aire”: Reporting on human contributions to climate change in the UK tabloid press. Environmental Research Letter
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