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Covering the environmental issues and global warming in Delta land: A study of three newspapers

Volume 15, Issue 2

October, 2009

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Das, J., Bacon, W., and Zaman, A. (2010). Covering the environmental issues and global warming in Delta land: A study of three newspapers. Pacific Journalism Review, 16(1): 10-33.
‘Giving the people what they want’
Author(s): Wendy Bacon, Jahnnabi Das, Akhteruz Zaman
Publication date: 
October, 2009

This article explores the coverage of environmental issues in the daily newspapers of Bangladesh, a South-Asian country facing the onslaught of global warming because of its low-lying deltaic plains and overpopulation. The results are based on an examination of the content of environmental coverage in three national daily newspapers (two Bangla and one English-language) during June 2007. Drawing on field theory and analytical frames from journalism studies, this study examines the principles of journalistic practices as revealed by the content of these publications. The findings indicate that environmental journalism is a strong subfield in Bangladesh’s media, which constructs its own veracity in ways that reflect the social, economic and political contexts of each publication. Based on this small study, the authors conclude that environmental journalists in Bangladesh adopt approaches to sourcing and causation which enable them, in alliance with non-government organisations, to pursue their aim of actively intervening in the field of government policy of Bangladesh, both in international and local spheres.