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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies (Communication)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Dr. Michel Dupagne - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Dr. Sallie Hughes - Committee Member

Third Committee Member

Dr. Robert Hosmon - Committee Member


This framing analysis used content analysis to show how a newspaper with a more liberal slant, The Age, and a newspaper with a more conservative slant, The Australian, used frames, sources, and valence in their news and opinion coverage of a very complex scientific and political issue ? climate change. The sample included 1,019 news and opinion articles from 1997 through 2007 in The Australian and The Age. The study revealed that the controversy over climate change was still prevalent in two Australian newspapers. Results showed that The Australian and The Age displayed different prominent frames, sources, and valence in their climate change coverage. Overall, The Australian was more critical and uncertain about climate change, while The Age aimed to educate its readers about the background of the issue and inspire action.


The Age; Newspaper; Editorial Slant; The Australian; Media Slant; Framing; Australia; Global Warming; Climate Change