Environmental Awareness And Local Journalism: Analysing Environmental News in Turkish Newpapers
Turkey’s media agenda mostly consists of European Relations, the Middle East and Iraq. The rest of this agenda is predominantly economic news. Because of its geographical location, it is difficult for environmental problems to be perceived as leading problems and find places in Turkey’s national newspapers. The importance of the local media arises in creating awareness about the environmental issues and forming public opinion in order to find solutions. Due to the immediacy component of news, creating public opinion about the environment through local as opposed to national media is considered to be a more effective method. It is purpose of researcher to determine whether this which is seen to be effective theoretically will also have the same effect in practice. In this research, content analysis will be applied to seven local newspapers from different geographical regions in Turkey. It has seen that the local media reports environmental news, its sources are government and city hall. It has given information not to form awareness to the environmental issues.
Keywords: Environmental Journalism, Local Journalism, Environmental Awareness, Public Opinion, Turkish Media, Environmental Communication
Şule Yüksel Özmen
Reseach Assistant, Department of Communicaiton
Şerife Özgün Çıtak
Lecturer, Public Relation Office, Afyon Kocatepe University