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Explaining the Media's Framing of Renewable Energies: An International Comparison

Publication from Mira Rochyadi-Reetz and Jens Wolling in Frontiers Science and Environmental Journal

Mira Rochyadi-Reetz and Prof. Jens Wolling

The development of renewable energy worldwide become more and more relevant within the rising of climate crisis issue. Mira Rochyadi-Reetz and Jens Wolling from the Department of Empirical Media Research and Political communication just published a comparative media research on the issue of renewable energies from 11 countries. The study was conducted and written in cooperation with Dr. Dorothee Arlt from the University of Bern and Dr. Marco Bräuer, former member of the department whom now employment of TenneT TSO GmbH.

Building upon Entman's framing concept, a quantitative content analysis was conducted to examine the media's framing of renewable energies in 11 countries between 2010 and 2012. National structural conditions was considered as factor, which could explain the observed differences in media coverage. Furthermore, the study investigated whether media framing changed after an external shock, the Fukushima accident. The findings show that renewable energies were covered through three different frames, (1) the first highlighting economic and technological problems, (2) the second focusing on environmental and social problems and (3) the third considering positive aspects of the technologies. To some extent, the occurrence of these frames is influenced by the national structural conditions. The study revealed that the Fukushima accident did not cause the expected changes in framing.

Open source of the publication could be found here:
Rochyadi-Reetz, Mira; Arlt, Dorothee; Wolling, Jens; Bräuer, Marco (2019): Explaining the Media's Framing of Renewable Energies. An International Comparison. In Front. Environ. Sci. 7, p. 140. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2019.00119.