Environmental Effects of Chennai – Ennore Oil Spill Media Coverage of

  • T. Shylaja Assistant Professor & Head Department of Visual Communication The American College (Autonomous), Madurai 625 002, Tamil Nadu
Keywords: Oil spill disaster – Environmental effects – Media coverage

Abstract

                 As the present research was related to the appraisal of the media coverage of environmental effects of oil spill, the enumeration of coverage, evaluation of the distribution of coverage and assessment of the presentation pattern in the overall coverage of environmental effects of oil spill in a leading newspaper was individually carried out. As an initial part of research work, the coverage was enumerated and it was observed that around 20% of the coverage in the oil spill disaster was exclusively related to environmental effects of oil spill. It was also observed that around 32% of the illustrations in connection with oil spill disaster were exclusively related to environmental effects of oil spill. As a central part of research work, the distribution of coverage was evaluated and it was perceived that disaster, oil spill due to disaster, cleanup process taken by Government authorities, cleanup process taken by volunteers, disposal of sludge and affected fish catch mainly contributed to the overall coverage in the news items of the newspaper. It was also perceived that damaging effects on environmental components, detrimental effects on human beings and destructive effects on all the remaining living species mainly contributed to the overall coverage in the special articles and editorials of the newspaper. As a final part of research work, the presentation pattern in the overall coverage of environmental effects of oil spill was assessed and it was recognized that the presentation of news items was with simple, suitable and self-explanatory words. It was also recognized that the way of presentation in special articles and editorials was mostly uncomplicated, informative and educative with special emphasis on the protection of all integral components of environment. It could be concluded that the overall coverage of disasters in media with special emphasis on environmental protection would be mandatory so as to have the sustainable development of the society.

References

1. Ahlam Mohammad Alharbi. (2014). Risk Communication discourse: A content analysis of some Australian media coverage of cyclones in Queensland, Australia in 2011, International Journal of Human Sciences, 11(1): 1019-1036.
2. Dinithi Jayasekara A.H. (2015). Disaster reporting in print media, International Journal of Scientific research and innovative technology, 2(9):1-5.
3. Iqbal M.J. Ali F.M. Khursheed M.B. Saleem S. (2014). Analysis of role of media in disaster reporting in Pakistan, European Scientific Journal, 1(2014):570-575.
4. Lubna Zaheer. (2016). Media coverage of natural disasters in Pakistan: The case of Earthquake (2005), Flood (2010) and Famine (2014), Journal of Research Society of Pakistan, 53(1): 75-93
5. Shylaja T. (2018). Media coverage of the impacts of Vardah Cyclone in Tamil Nadu, International Journal of Innovative Knowledge Concepts, 6(2):106-108
6. Shylaja T. (2018). Media coverage of dengue outbreak in Tamil Nadu, Human Rights International Journal, 6(1):135-138
7. Sudharshini S, Shruthee S.G, Amaran M. (2017). Oil spill in Chennai : Fact finding report on health impacts of oil spill on cleanup workers, fisherfolk and residents in Ennore, Healthy Energy Initiative Publications, Chennai, India.
Published
2018-05-02
Section
Articles