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Author Biography

Diógenes Lycarião is an Assistant Professor at the Postgraduate Program in Communication, Federal University of Ceará (PPGcom-UFC). He has obtained his Ph.D. in 2014 from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). In 2013 he worked as Guest Researcher (Capes/DAAD Fellow) at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (Mzes) and between 2014 and 2015 as a postdoctoral scholar at the PostGraduate Program in Communication, Fluminense Federal University (PPGcom-UFF). His research focuses on Public Opinion, Mediated Deliberation, and Journalism. [email: dramarc@gmail.com]

Antal Wozniak, M.A., is a Research Fellow at the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter His research mainly focuses on interest group policies and lobbying strategies. Between 2012 and 2016 he was a Research Associate at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (University of Mannheim). There he carried out research on climate change communication, including media framing of climate change, message production by journalists, government officials and environmental activists, and the role of visual communication.[email: a.wozniak@exeter.ac.uk]

Abstract

Current studies of political communication offer valuable contributions to assessing and measuring mediated deliberation. But in our understanding of the news media's role in a deliberative system a number of questions remain unanswered, especially concerning problems posed by social complexity. This paper aims to contribute to closing this gap by conducting an empirical analysis on how distinct contributions to public deliberation – namely the provision of publicity and intelligibility – are articulated via outputs offered by different types of media outlets, specifically in the case of the Brazilian coverage of the 15th UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP15). Our results suggest that this coverage seems to have fostered citizens to search for more information about this Conference and augmented the visibility of UN’s climate negotiations. This gives support to the idea that news media system works like a prism of the public sphere, promoting accountability of complex governance processes by offering information and public scrutiny adequate for a heterogeneous citizenry.

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