Green metacycles of attention: Reassessing the attention cycles of environmental news reporting 1961-2010

Monika Djerf-Pierre

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This article examines the longitudinal development of environmental news reporting in Swedish television over an extended period of time, 1961-2010. It returns to Anthony Downs's (1972) seminal article on issue attention cycles when analyzing the cyclic nature of environmental news reporting and advances the issue attention cycle framework by introducing the concept of metacycles as it explores the trajectory of environmental news reporting. Metacycles refers to the major fluctuations in attention to the entire domain of environmental issues over time, while issue cycles refer to the oscillation in attention pertaining to single issues. The article analyzes the pattern of the metacycles, and investigates how cycles of attention to individual issues contribute to the shaping of the environmental metacycles in the news.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-512
Number of pages18
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • attention cycles
  • environmental issues
  • environmental journalism
  • environmental news
  • issue attention cycles
  • news cycles
  • news waves

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