Framing the Western Cape water crisis : an analysis of the reporting of five South African publications in 2017 and 2018

dc.contributor.advisorClaassen, Georgeen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGrammer, Hayleyen_ZA
dc.contributor.otherStellenbosch University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Journalism.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2019.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractENGLISH ABSTRACT: The Western Cape water crisis has been called the worst drought in over one hundred years, with mainstream media coverage being widespread. The media has long-lasting effects on the way in which society understands different events. Framing consists of selecting certain aspects of reality and making them more salient in communicating text; this in turn promotes a particular problem and therefore specific reaction by those who come into contact with the information in question. By understanding how the drought was framed by a selection of South African publications, researchers can identify and critically examine the dominant media messages being communicated to the public, which in turn has the power to influence behaviours and attitudes towards water conservation. Although academic research in the area of framing is extensive, it lacks exploration from within the South African context. This study explores how a selection of five South African publications – namely the Cape Argus, Die Burger, the Cape Times, GroundUp and News24 – framed the Western Cape water crisis. The hypothesis of this study is that the publications favoured a political narrative above a scientific one in their coverage of the drought. Both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in the form of content analyses were employed in order to illustrate the saliency of the drought on the media agenda, as well as which messages readers were being exposed to with regards to the water crisis. The main findings of this study were that a scientific narrative was largely lacking from media coverage of the drought.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractAFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Geen Afrikaanse opsomming beskikbaar nie.af_ZA
dc.format.extent131 pages : illustrations
dc.publisherStellenbosch : Stellenbosch Universityen_ZA
dc.subjectScience and technology communicationen_ZA
dc.titleFraming the Western Cape water crisis : an analysis of the reporting of five South African publications in 2017 and 2018en_ZA
dc.rights.holderStellenbosch Universityen_ZA

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