Read all About it! Print Media Coverage of Climate Change Issues in Australia

By Desley Louise Speck.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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This paper reports on the results of research into the trends and nature of coverage of climate change issues in the Australian print media over the past ten years. Studies were undertaken at national, state and local levels, with a focus on Queensland (state) and the Townsville region (local) in north-eastern Australia. At a national level there has been an almost exponential increase in coverage, with a decrease in the past year. Issues which have caused media coverage levels to surge are identified, showing a shift from international events/meetings to domestic policy issues as triggers. Interviews were conducted with decision-makers in print media to explore publication mechanisms. This is part of a wider study examining media coverage, public perception, and political/policy activities to inform judgement as to the likelihood of sustained levels of discussion and action on climate change.

Keywords: Climate Change, Australia, Media Coverage, Perception, Mitigation Policy, Politics

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.181-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.056MB).

Desley Louise Speck

PhD Scholar, Fenner School Environment and Society, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

I am currently conducting research into climate change policy and politics in the Australian context at the Australian National University. My background is in teaching and research, and in agricultural science and international relations. I recently taught a course in Environmental Policy at ANU and prior to this spent some years as an analyst in the Australian public service. I am interested in policy makers perception of climate change as a threat and how media coverage, public opinion, and policy making interact.


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