Applying the narrative policy framework to the issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing within the news media: A research note

Benjamin D. Blair, Larkin McCormack

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Abstract

Identifying narratives within the news media is a challenging task. In this research note, we utilize the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) to identify news media narratives and characters (heroes, victims, villains) on hydraulic fracturing in two local Colorado newspapers. We find the victim is the public and the villain is most often the oil and gas actors. Furthermore, the two newspapers present heroes differently: the conservative newspaper presents oil and gas industry actors as heroes while the liberal newspaper presents environmental organizations as heroes. This research note demonstrates the potential of the NPF to evaluate media reporting of contentious issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalResearch and Politics
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (grant number 2012-3-24). The research design and results are the authors’ alone.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2016.

Keywords

  • Characters
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Media
  • NPF
  • Narratives

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