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Coral Reef Crisis Framing: An Analysis of Coral Reef Print Media News Coverage in Florida and Hawaii (1997-2019)

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dc.contributor.advisor Rowan, Katherine
dc.contributor.author Bayne, Nicole
dc.creator Bayne, Nicole
dc.date 2020-01-16
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-06T17:51:22Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-06T17:51:22Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/11853
dc.description.abstract Coral reefs are environmentally and economically beneficial to many coastal communities, but anthropogenic stressors have decimated these ecosystems. Reefs continue to decline in Florida despite increased research funding. However, as a possible result of regulating anthropogenic stressors like overfishing and pollution, Hawaiian coral reefs have been recovering. This suggests a need for increased awareness of the potential for reef recovery and those steps that assist recovery. A quantitative content analysis examined the role of local print news in the framing of coral reef decline since 1997 within Floridian and Hawaiian communities. Articles were purposively sampled from Newspapers.com (n=389) and intercoder reliability for each variable in the coding rubric was established using Krippendorff’s Alpha (α>.800) on 15% of the dataset. A second coder assessed 30% of the dataset. Results of crosstabulation through chi–square analyses support the hypothesis that news coverage of coral reef decline between Floridian and Hawaiian newspapers would differ. Articles published in Florida are more likely to report causes of coral decline, whereas articles published in Hawaii are more likely to report U.S. government actions implemented to conserve coral. These findings portray a spectrum of potentially polarized focus between local print news in Florida and Hawaii. The results here provide a fundamental basis for what might be considered successful versus unsuccessful coral reef crisis frames in which successful framing may lead to coral recovery. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject environmental science en_US
dc.subject coral reef conservation en_US
dc.subject mass communication en_US
dc.subject crisis framing en_US
dc.subject quantitative content analysis en_US
dc.subject print news en_US
dc.title Coral Reef Crisis Framing: An Analysis of Coral Reef Print Media News Coverage in Florida and Hawaii (1997-2019) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Environmental Science and Policy en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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