Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Sears, Alan,


Sociology, General.




This thesis has determined that there were a number of acid rain constructions presented to the public by the Ontario press. Although acid rain had been around since the 1890s, there had been no widespread knowledge among the general public until February 6, 1979, when the press considered the subject newsworthy. The press constructed acid rain using familiar symbolism and imagery that would get the attention of the readership. However, due to the newsgathering techniques of journalists, more specifically their selection of sources, the constructions that were presented to the public were biased and incomplete. The perspectives of political sources of information were overrepresented while environmental organizations were hardly used by reporters. This thesis also examined other influences on the print media's construction of acid rain, including political influences and geographical location of the newspapers.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .D74. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, page: 2250. Adviser: Alan Sears. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.