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Department of Communication and Media Research Science Communication

Climate Change Communication Online: Comparing Established and New Platforms in Six Countries

New online news sources like the Huffington Post, Vice News and BuzzFeed are favoured news sources for young persons. The same data also showed that 35% of these young persons stated that science and technology news was among the five most important news topics for them. Hence, it is relevant to study which information is provided regarding science and technology on new online platforms. The projects sets out to answer the question if there are significant differences in the volume and nature of coverage of climate change between legacy media and new digital natives. It uses the World Climate Summit in Paris 2015 as a case study and compares legacy media with new digital media as well as different countries (France, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK, US).

Runtime: 2015-2016

Funding: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

Participants: Dr. James Painter (Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, Principal Investigator), Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer (UZH), Dr. Silje Kristiansen (UZH)

Total Sum: Own funds