Pressing the Local Account: a case study of meanings and responsibilities with regard to the local press and a local nature reserve

Parry, John (2002) Pressing the Local Account: a case study of meanings and responsibilities with regard to the local press and a local nature reserve. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 7 (2). pp. 177-187. ISSN 1354-9839

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Abstract

This case study concerns the effect of meanings and use of language by a local newspaper in relation to an environmental incident in a town in south-east England that will be called Woodbridge. It explores the implications of insensitive, or misleading, use of language over a four-month period towards the end of 1995 through recordings and observations made at the time. The event is explored through the eyes of a local teenager called Tim who was involved in a school environmental education research project and who became a key player in the developing out-of-school conflict. Although the account concerns a controversy that raged several years ago, it nevertheless raises general concerns regarding newspaper coverage of environmental issues at the local level, the tension between profits and reporting truth and the apparent lack of a medium- to long-term approach to environmental issues. All names are fictitious to ensure anonymity in what remains a sensitive memory.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: John Parry
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:57
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 13:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23235
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