Framing nitrogen pollution in the British press: 1984-2018

Zottola, A., Atanasova, D., Cardwell, E. , Forrester, J. and Stevens, C. (2020) Framing nitrogen pollution in the British press: 1984-2018. Discourse and Communication, 14(1), pp. 84-103. (doi: 10.1177/1750481319876772)

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Awareness of the risks posed by excess nitrogen is low beyond the scientific community. As public understanding of scientific issues is partly influenced by news reporting, this article is the first to study how the British press has discussed nitrogen pollution. A corpus-assisted frame analysis of newspaper articles (1984–2018) highlighted five frames: Activism, where environmental charities and organizations are portrayed as having an active role in fighting pollution; Government Responsibility, where privatization is presented as central and positioned as one of the main causes of pollution; Industry Responsibility, in which industries’ actions are depicted as causing pollution to increase; Pollutions as Politics, in which pollution is not discussed as a problem to be solved but rather as a means to increase votes; and Risk, where readers are warned about the possible effects of pollution on human health, flora and fauna. The analysis also points to the absence of named scientists and sources with the coverage being dominated by politicians.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by the N8 Agri Food Programme’s Project Resources & Seed Corn Funding as part of the project: The Language of Nitrogen: Why Is Public Understanding of the Environmental Challenges Caused by Nitrogen From Agriculture So Low? conducted at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cardwell, Dr Emma
Authors: Zottola, A., Atanasova, D., Cardwell, E., Forrester, J., and Stevens, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Discourse and Communication
ISSN (Online):1750-4821
Published Online:16 September 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2019
First Published:First published in Discourse and Communication 14(1):84-103
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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