DR. LARSEN is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211.
GREAT BASIN IMAGERY IN NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2005 American Geographical Society
Volume 95, Issue 4, pages 517–536, October 2005
How to Cite
LARSEN, S. C. and BROCK, T. J. (2005), GREAT BASIN IMAGERY IN NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN. Geographical Review, 95: 517–536. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2005.tb00379.x
The authors would like to thank Jason Dittmer and the four anonymous reviewers for their constructive critiques of an earlier version of this article. Special thanks to Doug Johnson and Viola Haarmann for their editorial skills and to Kevin Blake for the use of his photographs. We are responsible for remaining errors and omissions.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- Great Basin;
- Yucca Mountain.
ABSTRACT. Place imagery in printed news is a vital but overlooked feature of the public debate regarding the disposal of the nation's nuclear waste in the proposed Yucca Mountain repository northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. A content analysis of newspaper coverage reveals that participants use Great Basin imagery in the rhetorical strategies involved in making arguments for and against the site. This article identifies specific elements in the news-production process that privilege certain conceptualizations of the Great Basin over others, and it highlights alternative visions that have appeared in editorials, travel pieces, and commentaries. Taken together, the data and analysis suggest that journalistic sensitivity to value-laden imagery can result in more balanced and critical news accounts of public debate.