Energy security in the news: North/South perspectives

Reiner Grundmann, Mike Scott, Jin Wang

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Abstract

Analysis of newspaper reporting on the topic of energy security in eight countries – four from the global North (France, Germany, the UK, and the United States) and four from the global South (China, India, Brazil, and South Africa) – produces no support for the thesis that news is disseminated from core countries to the periphery and semi-periphery. There is an important difference between China and the other three fast-developing countries and a highly asymmetric flow of news not aligned to old core-periphery boundaries. In general, energy security is mainly covered in trade and business outlets and less in newspapers with mass circulation, indicating that the topic is still an elite concern. In some instances, attention has surged at the same time in different countries. But very few of these instances show a homogenous coverage across countries. Despite increasingly globalised media, news is created and consumed at a national level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-592
Number of pages23
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • energy security
  • corpus linguistics
  • BRICs
  • global media

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