A93. O’Donnell, C. & Rice, R. E. (2008). Coverage of environmental events in U.S. and U.K. newspapers: Frequency, hazard, specificity, and placement. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 65(5), 637-654.


This study identified and compared components of the importance of newspaper articles reporting on environmental issues and events. Content analysis using 13 categories of hazard assessment compared articles published in 2006 by The New York Times (United States) and The Independent (United Kingdom), finding, in spite of the very different national efforts toward environmental issues, different number but similar proportional coverage of environmental events. The most frequent categories were solutions, costs, concentration, and non-human being mortality (experienced, and potential).  Such articles were significantly (though slightly) closer to the front in The New York Times, with the content categories of transgenerational, persistence, delay and population-at-risk closer to the front.  The only category with significantly different proportional frequency of coverage across the two newspapers was non-human being mortality (potential).  The only categories with significantly difference levels of specificity were annual mortality, and costs (both more specific), and solutions (more likely non-specific).

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