Talking about bio-fuel in the news: Newspaper framing of ethanol stories in the United States

Sei Hill Kim, John C. Besley, Sang Hwa Oh, Soo Yun Kim

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Abstract

This study offers an analysis of news framing of ethanol stories, examining several key dimensions of framing. A content analysis of six national and regional newspapers indicates that ethanol has been presented largely as a policy issue, rather than a technology or an economic issue. We also found that the environment has been the key talking point in debating the issue. Overall, the story tone has become increasingly negative over the years. Drawing upon the notion of frame building, this study also explores some of the factors that may affect the media's selective use of frames.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-234
Number of pages17
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • alternative energy
  • ethanol
  • frame building
  • news coverage of ethanol
  • news framing
  • science communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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