Has green news reporting gone green? An analysis of geographically diverse newspapers' online and print coverage of climate change

Marguerite J. Watt


With newspaper pages and staffs shrinking, fewer stories are seeing print; but with heightened competition for online audience, some stories for which there’s little room in the pages of newspaper may find a place on Web pages instead. This study examines whether a sampling of newspapers are shifting more of their environmental coverage online, particularly in regions that have given such beats priority coverage. Content analysis also suggests what newspapers are doing, despite budget constraints, to serve their readers; and how effectively they are exploring the opportunities of an online edition.


online newspapers; climate change; environmental beat; online trends

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v15i10.3163

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