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Volume 15 | Copyright
Adv. Sci. Res., 15, 245-249, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-15-245-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  11 Sep 2018

11 Sep 2018

The Meteo-show in the newspapers

Iñaki Orbe1,2 and Santiago Gaztelumendi1,2 Iñaki Orbe and Santiago Gaztelumendi
  • 1Basque Meteorology Agency (EUSKALMET), Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • 2Meteorology Area, Energy and Environment Division, TECNALIA R & I, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain

Abstract. In this work we focus on what may be described as one of the worst journalist practices when dealing with severe weather: the Meteo-Show, considered as the more or less extended informative practice whose main objective is to increase the news impact regardless of the veracity and the exactitude of the weather facts. In this work we analysed such practices on newspapers highlighting different journalist resources used in written press when dealing with weather for attracting attention and promoting impact. The growing public interest in weather causes that journalists often focus on this topic. But as it could happen with other issues, mistakes, inaccuracies, sensationalism and exaggerations have also reached meteorology related written news. This wrongdoing is especially present and dangerous when episodes of adverse nature are treated. In this paper we present some keys to identify Meteo-show in the context of written press. We analysed some examples from real news articles published in different newspapers, in order to understand the motivation of these practices. Finally we present some conclusions and recommendations to deal with this subject.

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