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ERIC Number: ED160419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 122
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An Analysis of the Relationship Between the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and Coverage of Environmental Issues in Two Newspapers From 1962-1977.
O'Meara, Daniel Joseph
This Masters Thesis from the Ohio State University examines the trend in coverage of environmental problems in two newspapers from 1962-1977. Data were gathered by analyzing the content of the "Chicago Tribune" and "New York Times." Environmental stories from 24 selected issues per year were coded and analyzed using the Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficients and Chi-square tests. Number of stories per category and column inches per category were recorded for the following environmental story categories: (1) Energy Resources; (2) Water Quality; (3) Air Quality; (4) Environmental Additives; (5) Population Explosion; (6) Natural Amenities; (7) General; and (8) Miscellaneous. The study concludes: (1) an upward trend in environmental newspaper stories occurred with a peak in 1970; (2) the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 had no substantial effect on environmental coverage; and (3) NEPA had no apparent effect on any separate catagories of environmental news. The study also includes a brief discussion fo the implications of these findings. (MR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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