A comparison of environmental pollution coverage in the mainstream, African American, and other alternative press
Research has suggested that the present media merger frenzy will result in one-dimensional content due to a reduced number of media outlets and pervasive cross-ownership. This research examined 1,180 articles about environmental pollution over 29 years from four different groups of newspapers, each with different geographic location, ownership, socioeconomic readership and circulation. Results revealed that content was overwhelmingly directed to upper-socioeconomic groups across all four categories of newspapers regardless of specific issue or time. Heavily weighted coverage that could not have been found through random chance alone indicated an abandonment of a newspapers’ social responsibility function. This abdication was attributed to the industry-wide factors of pervasive journalistic norms and the importance of advertising revenue.
SubjectsMedia representation of marginal groups
- Arts: Journal Articles