The MediaClimate project looks into global climate change coverage in appr. twenty countries.  It sets out to analyze climate change in journalism both (1) as a manifestation of the rapidly changing context wherein contemporary journalism takes place and develops and (2) as an illustration of the political re-formation of the issue of climate change in the post-Paris (COP21) era.

Well documented technological, political, economic and cultural changes during the past decades have paved way to the emergence of networked journalism functioning in an open environment. From this perspective, MediaClimate explores how the traditional tasks of professional journalism such as transmission of knowledge, crafting of narratives and shared interpretative frames, facilitating public discourse and functioning as a resource for public action, are re-articulated in the context of contemporary climate change journalism.

The political re-formation of climate change is situated in the aftermath of the Paris Accord (2015) and global expectations raised by the 1,5 degree target articulated in the accord. Since then, global attention to the issue seems to increase and climate policy-making process is met with increasing challenges. Through the publication of the last IPCC assessment reports (AR5, 2013,2014) as well as the 1,5 degree report (IPCC 2018), and widespread calls for climate justice debates are intensified. The recent School strikes in a large number of countries furher intensifies the pressure.

The project has analyzed media coverage of a number of COPs (see publications), including Paris 2015 (COP21), and the coverage of IPCC AR5 (see publications). Future plans include organizing joint conferences and study the forthcoming phase of climate politics as a process, including a wide range of national and transnational experiences.


 Arul Aram (Anna University, Chennai India)

Adrienne Russell (Washington University, Seattle, US)

Alet Janse van Reensburg (South Africa)

Andreas Ytterstad (OsloMet, Norway)

Anna Roosvall (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Bart Cammaerts (UK, Belgium)

Brigitta Isworo (Journalist, Kompas Gramedia Group of Printing, Indonesia)

Billy K. Sarwono (Universitas Indonesia) blog

Chetan Sharma (Datamation Foundation, Delhi, India)

David Holmes (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Débora Medeiros (Free University of Berlin, Germany)

Dmitry Yagodin (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Elif Ünal (Journalist, Istanbul, Turkey)

Elisabeth Eide (OsloMet, Norway) homepage

Elsa Regnier (France)

Eva Fretheim (OsloMet, Norway)

Hillel Nossek (The College of Management – Academic Studies, Israel)

Ilija Tomanic (Slovenia)

James Painter (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford)

Joy Kibarabara (Kenya)

Joydeep Gupta (Third Pole Network, India)


Katherine Duarte (University of Bergen, Norway)

Li Ji (Wuhan University, China)

Malaka Rodrigo (Journalist, Sunday Times, Sri Lanka)

Matthew Tegelberg (York University, Canada)

Midori Aoyagi (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan)

Mikihito Tanake (Japan)

Mikkel Elskjær (Denmark)

Mofizur Rhaman (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Mulatu Alemayehu Moges (Addis Abeba, Ethiopia)

Nassanga Goretti (Makerere University, Uganda)

Omair Ahmad (The Third Pole Network, India)

Oliver Hahn (University of Passau, Germany)

Ranjan Panda (Journalist, Delhi, India)

Risto Kunelius (Helsinki University, Finland)

Sabarina Isma (Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Shinichiro Asayama (Tohoku University, Japan)

Steffen Schnappauf (University of Passau, Germany)

Susanna Pagiotti (Italy)

Syed M. Saqib (Pakistan)

Torsten Schäfer (Germany)

Ville Kumpu (University of Tampere, Finland)

Johan Lidberg (Monash University, Australia)

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