Magazine Coverage of Corn Ethanol between Two Energy Crises: Sourcing and Framing in Corn Ethanol Coverage in Time, Newsweek and The Economist from 1979 to 2007

by Grabowski, Karen S.

Abstract (Summary)
With the depletion of traditional energy resources and the increased knowledge of the detrimental effects burning fossil fuels has on the environment, renewable and alternative energies are solutions to which the United States is turning for its energy issues. Corn ethanol has become one of the most produced and used alternative energies in the United States, but research has found that corn ethanol is not the cleanest or most efficient alternative to fossil fuels and may perpetuate food shortages and high food prices. A content analysis of 172 articles about corn ethanol from the magazines Time, Newsweek and, The Economist was conducted to determine whether the coverage of corn ethanol changed from 1979, the year of the second energy crisis in the 1970s, and 2007. Sourcing and framing were the two main aspects examined in this study. The study found that the frame biofuel and sources affiliated with business/financial dominated the coverage of corn ethanol.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:corn ethanol renewable energy sustainable magazine coverage time newsweek the economist


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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