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Natural, unnatural, national: The Australian’s framing of natural disaster and climate change


Dodd, B, Natural, unnatural, national: The Australian's framing of natural disaster and climate change (2012) [Masters Research]

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Australia has recently experienced a sharp spike in the number and severity of extreme weather events. However, despite the release of numerous scientific reports outlining their significance in relation to climate change, public opinion in Australia seems to have shifted away from support for climate change mitigation policies. The aim of this thesis is to explore whether the framing of recent floods reflected concurrent debates over climate change and its possible connection to extreme weather events. This thesis examines The Australian’s reporting of the floods which occurred across north-eastern Australia during March, 2012 as well as climate change reporting from the same month. Lester and Cottle have suggested that the visualisation of climate change, with its stock images of floods, droughts and storms, may ‘relay’ (Barthes 1977: 41) with footage of natural disasters and imply a causal link (Lester & Cottle 2009: 928). However, this thesis seeks to introduce Barthes’ concept of ‘anchorage’ (1977: 39) by establishing whether the surrounding headlines, captions and text, served to ‘anchor’ the meaning of the photography.

Item Details

Item Type:Masters Research
Keywords:climate change, natural disaster, journalism, framing, anchorage and relay
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Dodd, B (Mr Bill Dodd)
ID Code:132342
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-05-03
Last Modified:2019-05-03

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