DiPalma, Sonya R.

Dr. Sonya R. DiPalma is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Pennsylvania State University.

Nuclear Energy as “ green ” Energy: A Content Analysis of Nuclear Energy Frames From 1991 to 2008
2014 0-7734-0076-1
This fascinating and scholarly study analyzes the concept of framing in the context of nuclear energy. Framing is the tool used for highlighting information in order to perpetuate understanding within the body of a news story to fit the framer’s agenda on the topic. Dr. DiPalma argues that the manner in which mass media “frames” nuclear energy news stories compromises the end readers understanding of the true risks and true rewards of this “green” energy source and undermines appropriate and necessary public policy debate on this issue.