Fukushima Effects on Media Coverage and Attitudes in Germany

Arlt, Dorothee; Wolling, Jens (23 May 2014). Fukushima Effects on Media Coverage and Attitudes in Germany (Unpublished). In: ICA Annual Conference, Communication and “the Good Life”. Seattle. 22.05.-26.05.2014.

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The paper examines the question, in how far Fukushima caused changes in the media coverage and the public opinion about nuclear power in Germany. To answer this question we used two methods, content analysis and survey. Firstly we analysed data from a quantitative content analyses to examine changes in the media coverage about nuclear power between 2010 and 2011. The first investigation period lasted from 10.07.2010 to 04.09.2010, immediately before the German Bundestag vote for the lifetime extension of nuclear power stations. The second investigation period covered the first two months of media coverage after Fukushima from 12.03.2011 to 16.5.2011. Secondly our data consist of a representative telephone panel survey (n=341). As the first wave was carried out from 16.8.2010 to 06.9.2010 and the second wave from 15.5.2011 to 04.06.2011 these data set gives us the unique possibility to investigate attitude changes about nuclear power on the individual level.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Arlt, Dorothee


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Dorothee Arlt

Date Deposited:

23 Dec 2014 15:17

Last Modified:

09 Sep 2017 02:13





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