Accepted Pressure? Elite News Journalism, Interest Groups and Climate Change Coverage
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  • Seminar Room 1, Robbins Conference Centre, Gibbon Street, Plymouth

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The Institute of Health and Community and the Centre for Culture, Community and Society are delighted to invite you to attend a seminar led by Dr Julian Matthews of the University of Leicester, entitled 'Accepted Pressure? Elite News Journalism, Interest Groups and Climate Change Coverage'.   

This talk will examine interest groups and their contribution to news coverage of climate change. It  will suggest new and interesting insights can be gained into the presence of interest groups from exploring the wider ‘politicisation’ and ‘mediation’ of the climate change issue. Through analysing a sample of elite newspaper coverage it finds that climate change is framed in a variety of ways,  and most of these understandings introduce it as a legitimate political issue. Elite newspaper coverage, and the speaking opportunities it offers to groups, is shaped according to the ‘political framing’ and the ‘journalistic logics’ at play.

Julian Matthews lectures in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester (UK). His research interests include the cultural work of journalists. He is author of Producing Serious News for Citizen Children: A Study of the BBC’s Children’s Programme, Newsround (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010) and co-editor of The Cultural Intermediaries Reader (Sage, 2014). Julian has published on news production and the professional mediation of social problems, including environmental issues. He convenes the British Sociological Association Media Study Group and is Communication and Media Section Editor of the international journal, Sociology Compass.

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