New approaches to understanding the role of the news media in the formation of public attitudes and behaviours on climate change

Happer, C. and Philo, G. (2016) New approaches to understanding the role of the news media in the formation of public attitudes and behaviours on climate change. European Journal of Communication, 31(2), pp. 136-151. (doi:10.1177/0267323115612213)

Happer, C. and Philo, G. (2016) New approaches to understanding the role of the news media in the formation of public attitudes and behaviours on climate change. European Journal of Communication, 31(2), pp. 136-151. (doi:10.1177/0267323115612213)

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Abstract

This article examines the role of news media on climate change and sustainable energy in the shaping of audience opinions and beliefs and the possible relation of these to behaviours. It reports on a series of studies conducted between 2011 and 2014 which develop existing approaches to audience reception analyses by using innovative methodologies which focus specifically on the negotiation of new information in response to existing beliefs, perceptions and behavioural patterns – both in the short and long term. Audience groups are introduced to new information, to which the range of responses is examined. This approach allows for an exploration of the interplay of socio-political and personal factors as well as the identification of the potential informational triggers for change. The findings suggest that media accounts are likely to have a shaping role in relation to behaviours under a range of specific and coinciding conditions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Philo, Professor Gregory and Happer, Dr Catherine
Authors: Happer, C., and Philo, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:European Journal of Communication
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0267-3231
ISSN (Online):1460-3705
Published Online:04 November 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Journal of Communication 31(2): 136-151
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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