First Advisor

Cynthia-Lou Coleman

Term of Graduation

Spring 2022

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication






Climatic changes -- Press coverage, Communication in the environmental sciences, Frames (Sociology), Journalism -- Objectivity, Mass media and the environment, Green New Deal, New York times, Wall Street journal



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 73 pages)


The importance of climate change recognition and need for action cannot be overstated. Climate change has historically been a partisan issue with an almost hyper focus on the (un)certainty of science, the need for action within a particular timeframe, and the cost of tackling the issue. With the contemporary relevance and salience of climate change, this content analysis explores emerging framing patterns in coverage of the Green New Deal and subsequent climate change references within news articles from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal in 2019. Frame typology from O'Neill et al. (2015) is used to explore the framing patterns and inform the coding process. I applied a framing analysis via a directed content analysis and a close reading of collected articles to uncover frames at the article level (Hsieh and Shannon, 2005). 54 articles were analyzed: 46 from the New York Times and 8 from the Wall Street Journal.

Results indicate that the economy, political and ideological divides (both across and within the parties), and settled nature of climate science are at the forefront of coverage and concern. My findings follow previous studies' results but highlight the growing divide within the parties on how to address and tackle climate change and climate policies.


© 2022 Danielle Elizabeth Duffy

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