Climate Change and the Shrinking News Hole

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12/10 Climate Change, Illegitimate News and the Shrinking News Hole Preview In this paper I will use the general topic of climate change to discuss the issues of poor news and the relationship it has with the news hole and the idea or term, “shrinking news hole”. I will not enter into the discussion of the truth behind climate change too in-depth, but instead focus on the news that is shared about it as well as with any global problem. Some of the questions I hope to answer are, Why do these problems of poor news and the shrinking of the news hole exist?, Why do these problems persist?, and What can we do to stop the spreading of illegitimate news? Introduction With all these sources of news we have today there is lots of controversy over plenty of things that are shared throughout media. When relating that to global environmental problems the degree of controversy rises due to it being such an important and widespread thing, it’s global… What I believe to be the number one cause of controversial and illegitimate news is the shrinking news hole that Cox brings up in chapter six, “News Media and Environmental Journalism”, of our Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere book. The shrinking news hole, similar to global environmental issues, is progressively getting worse, leading to increasingly worse news across all mediums of news. Yes, I do believe climate change to be real, studying it closely like anything will show the truth, but it’s not due to people’s stupidity that people don’t believe it, it’s a problem with what is being presented to us in the news. With the problem of shrinking news hole, more and more bad news is being shared.
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Cause and Effect What the news hole is, as defined by Cox, is “the amount of space that is available in a newspaper or TV news story relative to other demands for the same space” (Cox 144). There are many causes of the news hole and it’s shrinkage, and many more negative effects. Looking at the causes there are four main reasons. First are two similar ones, TV shows in general, and advertisements that all work for the same space in the news hole. With more and more TV shows being created, less space is available for news to be given to us. Following that, with more TV shows being created and opportunities for publicity, advertisements are taking over networks for that same space on the news hole. When watching a show or news, usually a one to two ratio of advertisements to actual news or TV show is present. This meaning, if you have
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