An analysis of the views of journalists and government officials regarding the impact of New Vision's coverage of the Nakivubo Channel Rehabilitation Project

Kaheru, Hamis (2005) An analysis of the views of journalists and government officials regarding the impact of New Vision's coverage of the Nakivubo Channel Rehabilitation Project. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The media is said to be an integral part of the policy-making process. Drawing from Berger (2002a), the policy-making and implementation process can be seen as a circuit or “triangle” with three major players: media, public and policy people. Any of the three players drives the process at any moment depending on the issue at hand and the circumstances. But at times one of the players may be left out in the process, thereby leaving the “triangle” incomplete. 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.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nakivubo Urban Wetland (Uganda), Nakivubo Channel Rehabilitation Project, New Vision (Uganda), environmental protection, press coverage in Uganda, government and the press, environmental journalism
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Journalism and Media Studies
Supervisors:Berger, G. (Prof.)
ID Code:272
Deposited By: Rhodes Library Archive Administrator
Deposited On:07 Aug 2006
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:17
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