Event Title

A Textual Analysis of the New York Times and Its Portrayal of Climate Change

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mary Beth Ray

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 2:00 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 3:00 PM

Abstract

This research addresses climate change, a major issue in our contemporary world. Indeed, climate change is rapidly becoming one of the biggest and most pressing issues facing humankind. The goal of this research is to analyze articles from The New York Times over the last year that are centered on climate change to find if there are common themes prevalent in the portrayal of climate change related issues. To accomplish this, a textual analysis was conducted to search for overarching patterns in the details of the articles. The results showed the articles analyzed all had common themes centered on the fact that The New York Times portrays climate change as a serious issue, but not strongly enough. They did not take a serious stance in the articles on climate change, but were merely clear that it is an issue that exists. Another theme is that there are clear holdouts that are delaying progress to stop climate change. Although The New York Times does not clearly take a stand on climate change, they have taken a large step in these articles to legitimize climate change as a real issue to the world that may be solved in the future.

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A Textual Analysis of the New York Times and Its Portrayal of Climate Change

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

This research addresses climate change, a major issue in our contemporary world. Indeed, climate change is rapidly becoming one of the biggest and most pressing issues facing humankind. The goal of this research is to analyze articles from The New York Times over the last year that are centered on climate change to find if there are common themes prevalent in the portrayal of climate change related issues. To accomplish this, a textual analysis was conducted to search for overarching patterns in the details of the articles. The results showed the articles analyzed all had common themes centered on the fact that The New York Times portrays climate change as a serious issue, but not strongly enough. They did not take a serious stance in the articles on climate change, but were merely clear that it is an issue that exists. Another theme is that there are clear holdouts that are delaying progress to stop climate change. Although The New York Times does not clearly take a stand on climate change, they have taken a large step in these articles to legitimize climate change as a real issue to the world that may be solved in the future.