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Wilderness and the Loaded Language of News


Lester, EA, Wilderness and the Loaded Language of News, Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 115, (May) pp. 123-134. ISSN 1329-878X (2005) [Refereed Article]

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This paper addresses the politicisation of the idea of wilderness in the Australian news media, and questions how journalistic labelling in news copy intensified this process. It is based on research into the coverage of the Franklin Dam blockade in the summer of 1982–83, the first wilderness campaign to attain global stature. Specifically, it analyses the coverage of the 10-week protest in the Melbourne Age and the Hobart Mercury, and draws on the work of Allan Bell, Teun van Dijk and Roger Fowler to discuss how journalists and their readers formed an ‘alliance of shared meaning’.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication and media studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Lester, EA (Professor Libby Lester)
ID Code:36019
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05
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