Journal article

Newspaper coverage of water issues in China from 1950 to 2000

Wenxiu Shang, Hang Zheng, Zhongjing Wang, Baimaqv Zong, Yongping Wei

Water Policy | IWA PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

Mass media are important sources of information about water issues that significantly influence civil life. This paper presents a content analysis approach to contextualize the water issues reporting of the People's Daily. The intent of our approach is to uncover the reporting pattern of water issues and the relationship between government policies and their news reports. Using the newspaper with the second widest circulation in China, the content analysis approach reveals that the document frequency of water issues had shown a flat trend since the 1970s. Water-related articles were given more significance by providing additional front pages. The results suggest that newspapers have been foc..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by 'Twelfth Five-year' Science and Technology Support Program


Awarded by Public Welfare Program of China's Ministry of Water Resources


Awarded by Excellent State Key Laboratory Program


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (91125018, 91125007 and 51479089), 'Twelfth Five-year' Science and Technology Support Program (2013BAB05B03), Public Welfare Program of China's Ministry of Water Resources (201401031), and Excellent State Key Laboratory Program (51323014).