An analysis of the views of journalists and government officials regarding the impact of New Vision's coverage of the Nakivubo Channel Rehabilitation Project
This study set out to determine the extent to which New Vision was perceived to be part of the “triangle” in the implementation of the Nakivubo Channel Rehabilitation Project which was meant to control floods and improve drainage in Kampala City in Uganda. The study notes that the newspaper highlighted dangers facing Lake Victoria and Nakivubo wetland during implementation and advocated corrective measures to prevent pollution and a potential disaster.
Using mainly qualitative methods of investigation, I have established that research subjects believe that New Vision played the agenda setting, awareness and watchdog roles of environmental journalism. I also established that the majority of subjects believe that the public was not very instrumental in the process and as such the “triangle” was left incomplete.
The study also reveals that most subjects believe that coverage made government officials act faster and in so doing prevented a possible catastrophe. This conclusion is drawn from analysis of views of selected journalists and government officials. A few respondents believe that Kampala City Council officials would not have implemented remedial measures if New Vision did not report the project the way it did. The majority of subjects believe that the officials would have acted even without the coverage but they also think that remedial measures would have come too late.
School Location:South Africa
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:journalism and media studies
Date of Publication:01/01/2005