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The framing of climate change, how objective are Dutch newspapers?

Brand, J.J. (2019) The framing of climate change, how objective are Dutch newspapers?

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Abstract:The research question of this thesis is How do Dutch newspapers write about the governmental top-down initiative of the energy transition, and the social bottom-up initiatives of the student protests, in the Netherlands, and how do the newspapers relate to each other thereby? The selected Dutch newspapers for this research are NRC, De Telegraaf, Volkskrant and Algemeen Dagblad. On the basis of a newspaper article analysis and four sub-questions, the research question is answered. The selected articles are coded using the Charmaz approach of initial coding, focused coding, and theoretical coding. The data is analyzed with a narrative analysis approach in which mainly the attention lies by the used frames and sources. The difference between articles within a newspaper on the bottom-up social initiative and the governmental top-down initiative is the used sources and the frames that could be identified. Newspapers write in general more content-oriented about the top-down initiative and mainly contemplative about the bottom-up initiative. This thesis is as well scientific relevant as socially relevant because the paper is an addition to the existing literature of framing in newspapers about climate change in the Netherlands, and it is important to make newspaper readers aware of the question how their newspaper is influencing their opinion on a specific theme.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:20 art studies, 70 social sciences in general, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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