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

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Duffy, Kevin P. (main author), Rickard, Laura N. (author), Grosswiler, Paul (author), University of Maine
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2019-10-01
URL:
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1075547019862554
Published:
United States: SAGE Journals
Location:
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
Notes:
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.