News repertoires in the negotiation of collective action frames and identities among young environmental activists in Alberta, Canada


This research looks at the relationship between how young environmental activists in Alberta, Canada, use news in their day-to-day lives and how they identify with the climate movement locally and globally. It follows how their news repertoires—that is, the sources, platforms and devices they regularly use for news—shapes their understanding of the goals and methods of the climate movement, and how that understanding then shapes their news repertoires.

This research brings critical awareness to how youths form news repertoires as a part of a political subculture (i.e., environmentalism and climate activism) and what the consequences are for their perception of and participation in the public world. It generates insights into what youths consider to be newsworthy, trustworthy and relevant in an information-dense media environment and why they distrust institutional news media. In turn, this research contributes to public discussions about how to communicate, organize and mobilize against climate change amid information overload and competing messages in the contemporary media environment.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 18 to 30

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

This research is recruiting respondents who:
(1.) Were born from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.
(2.) Reside in Alberta, Canada.
(3.) Support, are affiliated or active with an environmental group (including those specifically addressing climate change) in the cities of Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta.

The researcher would like to talk with respondents of different:
(i.) Ages (i.e., those born toward the mid-1990s or the mid-2000s)
(ii.) Genders
(iii.) Ethnicities
(iv.) Education statuses (i.e., attaining/attained a university degree or not)


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Jian Chung Lee, doctoral researcher Email: Phone: 587-581-1188

Principal investigator:

Maria Bakardjieva

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