Journalism’s visual construction of place in environmental coverage

Abstract: This study builds on our understanding of how visual journalism is used with environmental reporting to create a sense of place and understanding. While most American photojournalism tends to favor close-up photos with people, environmental coverage leans opposite: sweeping landscape photos devoid of people. However, our content analysis of wire and non-wire environmental photos on US newspaper front pages show support that person-focused feature imagery is being used more, though mostly at an informational level.