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Environmental Journalism: A Case Study of the Canadian Bituminous Sands


Environmental Journalism: A Case Study of the Canadian Bituminous Sands

Tran, Lor Shirley (2014) Environmental Journalism: A Case Study of the Canadian Bituminous Sands. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis examined news content on the Albertan bituminous sands to document a Canadian contemporary issue and to improve the available conceptual frameworks for analyzing environmental issues covered in the news media. There is currently limited research on the topic from a journalistic perspective, despite a body of literature on environmental journalism that predicts (and cautions that) the environmental news coverage of bitumen will be event-driven, overly simplified, increasingly politicised and economically framed. Building on these predictions, the project uses a case study approach as a bounded illustration of environmental journalism, in combination with content analysis to reflect on the intrinsic, multifaceted and complex attributes of environmental affairs in the news coverage. A typology developed in this thesis allowed for an examination of 409 news articles from five Canadian newspapers from the years 2007 to 2009, and gave evidence: for a sustained interest from the newspapers to report on Alberta bitumen; for an evenly distributed and broad variety, albeit asymmetrical presence of news sources that favored politicians, industrial and environmental interests; and for the presence of multiple types of information in the examined news, though concentrated mostly on economic aspects of bitumen, and lesser on ecological, political, scientific and other dimensions.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Journalism
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Tran, Lor Shirley
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Journalism Studies
Date:January 2014
ID Code:978182
Deposited On:30 Jun 2014 16:04
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46
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