What’s with the Water: The Nature of Reporting on the Problem of Nitrates in Nebraska
Reporting Techniques, Agenda Setting, Community Journalism, Content/coverage, Government-press Relations/public Policy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
This article examines how 22 Nebraska newspapers and a wire service covered nitrate contamination in Nebraska’s groundwater over nearly 4 years. We found coverage lacked depth and examined a few solutions although 88% of Nebraskans get drinking water from the ground. Reliance on fertilizer and irrigation for crop production leads to groundwater contamination, making this a concerning coverage gap as climate change impacts promise to make farming more challenging and increase environmental risks.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Newspaper Research Journal, v. 44, issue 1, p. 53-70
Scholar Commons Citation
Walsh, Jessica Fargen and Perreault, Mildred F., "What’s with the Water: The Nature of Reporting on the Problem of Nitrates in Nebraska" (2023). School of Advertising & Mass Communications Faculty Publications. 83.