Iowa news media coverage of wetland and riparian area issues

Articles in the Des Moines Register 1992-1996

By Paul F. Anderson and Kevin M. Lyles


Abstract

To better understand coverage of wetland and riparian area issues in the news media, a study was completed of Des Moines Register articles published from January 1, 1992 through December 31, 1996. Results of the empirical study included four major findings.

Based on the research process, data, results, and limitations, the following recommendations would help produce results that are even more useful than those from this initial research effort:

  1. Review additional literature on content analysis of mass media
  2. Add data from more years of Des Moines Register articles
  3. Add data from newspapers other than the Des Moines Register
  4. Add data from news media other than newspapers
  5. Analyze the data using categories other than issue themes
  6. Review and adjust keyword lists to better represent issues
  7. Develop custom software that allows the use of multiple-word keyword phrases
  8. Identify additional explanatory variables and measure statistical correlation and significance
  9. Compare findings of content analysis on flooding with those from similar studies in the literature.
  10. Incorporate the results of media evaluation to help implement the goals of the Conservation Plan that relate to education and outreach (Issue Theme 1)
  11. Continue to track and evaluate media coverage to help implement goals of the Conservation Plan that relate to monitoring and evaluation (Issue Theme 5)

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