This week’s On the Radio segment covers research being done at the University of Iowa that explores how water quality issues are being covered in the media. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
A University of Iowa faculty member is conducting an analysis of how water quality issues are being covered by the media in Iowa.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Kajsa Dalrymple, from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is gathering newspaper stories and news coverage throughout the state to see how reporters approach water issues.
The findings indicate that the vast majority of newspaper coverage is focused on water utilities and recreational water uses. Research found little coverage of water issues and research related to agriculture.
Her team hopes to find especially what attitudes people hold in relation to water sustainability and their own behaviors.
“Agricultural production and environmentalism go hand-in-hand,” Dalrymple said. “We need to encourage better communication between land management communities, farmers, research universities, and government institutions.”
To learn more about water communication and policy, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.