Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Title

The media and envrionmental issues in Hong Kong 1983-95

Abstract

This study tests the agenda-setting hypothesis for the environmental issue in Hong Kong from 1983 to 1995. It was found that the agenda-setting hypothesis was supported for the initial period of five and a half years. In the subsequent period of seven and a half years, despite the increased media coverage of the issues, there was a significant drop in the perceived salience of the environmental problem. This may be due to the dilution of public attention as a result of diversity in the news agenda and reporting of local environmental problems as ‘soft’ news. It was also found that the environmental issue failed to compete with other prominent issues directly affecting the public. The mass media played a much less important role in keeping the environmental issue on the public agenda at the later stage.

Publication Year

1999

Journal Title

International Journal of Public Opinion Research

Volume number

11

Issue number

2

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

First Page (page number)

135

Last Page (page number)

151

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1093/ijpor/11.2.135

ISSN (print)

09542892

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/11.2.135

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