Environmental Awareness And Local Journalism: Analysing Environmental News in Turkish Newpapers

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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
Stream: Science, Environment and the Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Şule Yüksel Özmen

Reseach Assistant, Department of Communicaiton
Social Science Institute, Anadolu University

Eskisehir, Turkey

Şule Yüksel ÖZTÜRK was born in Ankara in 1975 and graduated from Anadolu University Communication Science Faculty, Department of Press and Publication at 2000. After university, she worked as a correspondent in Milliyet and Dünya Daily newspapers and Marketing Türkiye magazine. Now, she continues her doctorate education in Anadolu University Social Science Institute Department of Communication and works in Anadolu University Social Science Institute as a research assistant and also works in the Media Center as editor.

Şerife Özgün Çıtak

Lecturer, Public Relation Office, Afyon Kocatepe University
Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

Şerife Özgün ÇITAK, was born in Afyonkarahisar in 1978 and graduated from Anadolu University Communication Science Faculty, Department of Press and Publication at 2000. Then, she attended Afyon Kocatepe University Social Science Institute Department of Sociology where she graduated from in 2007. She has worked in Afyon Kocatepe University Public Relations Departmant as a academic staff since 2001. She knows English and is interested in communication sociology.

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