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Routine influences on aquaculture news selection: A Q method study with new England journalists

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Duffy, Kevin P. (main author), Rickard, Laura N. (author), Grosswiler, Paul (author), University of Maine
Online journal article
Publication Date:
United States: SAGE Journals
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
environment, environmental communication, food security, gatekeepers, journalism, journalists, news, news media, perceptions, public attitudes, sampling, water quality, aquaculture, agricultural communication, news values, Q methodology, aquaponics, state structuralist, neighborhood preservationist, industrial futurist, local proceduralist, natural resource use
30 pages, via online journal, 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.