Flogging a dead norm? Newspaper coverage of anthropogenic climate change in the United States and United Kingdom from 2003 to 2006 Journal Article uri icon



  • The journalistic norm of ‘balanced’ reporting (giving roughly equal coverage to both sides in any significant dispute) is recognised as both useful and problematic in communicating emerging scientific consensus on human attribution for global climate change. Analysis of the practice of this norm in United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) newspaper coverage of climate science between 2003 and 2006 shows a significant divergence from scientific consensus in the US in 2003–4, followed by a decline in 2005–6, but no major divergence in UK reporting. These findings inform ongoing considerations about the spatially‐differentiated media terms and conditions through which current and future climate policy is negotiated and implemented.

publication date

  • December 1, 2007

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • December 17, 2014 9:28 AM

Full Author List

  • Boykoff MT

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  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0004-0894

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1475-4762

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 470

end page

  • 481


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