Duffy, Kevin P., Laura N. Rickard, & Paul Grosswiler (2019, July). Routine influences on aquaculture news selection: A Q method study with New England journalists. Science Communication, 41(5), 602-632. (doi: 10.1177/1075547019862554) (Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547019862554)

Abstract: Environmental journalists, as gatekeepers, often become arbiters of risk and benefit information. This study explores how their routine news value judgments may influence reporting on marine aquaculture, a growing domestic industry with complex social and ecological impacts. We interviewed New England newspaper journalists using Q methodology, a qualitative dominant mixed-method approach to study shared subjectivity in small samples. Results revealed four distinct reporting perspectives—“state structuralist,” “neighborhood preservationist,” “industrial futurist,” and “local proceduralist”—stemming from the news value and objectivity routines journalists used in news selection. Findings suggest implications for public understanding of, and positionality toward, natural resource use and development.

Kevin P Duffy <kevin.duffy1@maine.edu> is in the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine, Orono, ME (USA).

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