Goodbye, Miami? Reporting Climate Change as a Local Story

Susan Jacobson, Juliet Pinto, Robert E. Gutsche, Allan Wilson

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Residents of South Florida have been living with the effects of climate change in the form of flooding due, in part, to sea level rise, for more than a decade. However, previous research has characterized news coverage of climate change impacts as concerning distant events in terms of time and place. In this study, we look at coverage of climate change at The Miami Herald from 2011-2015, a time period significant in terms of increased temperatures and flooding levels on city streets. Through a content analysis of 167 articles, this study argues that news coverage of climate change in The Miami Herald was largely pragmatic, linked to a news peg, locally focused and presented via opinion pieces rather than news articles. Furthermore, Miami Herald coverage links distant hypotheses of climate change with local realities, invokes a network of editorial responses, and emphasizes local impacts, particularly in more affluent areas. Findings from this study contribute to understanding how news coverage of climate change as a local story may provide a useful model for engaging the public in adapting to and mitigating against the impact of climate change, and creating social acceptance of climate change policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClimate Change, Media and Culture
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Issues in Global Environmental Communication
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781787699670
ISBN (Print)9781787699687
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting

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