Content Analysis of Printed News Media Related to Drowning Incidents in Turkey

Isik M., EŞİTTİ Ş.

HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT, vol.21, no.4, pp.1050-1061, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10807039.2014.953373
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1050-1061
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Drowning is a major public health problem in Turkey as it is for other countries. According to the latest statistics, the annual average number of people who drowned in the rivers, lakes, or seas of Turkey is 642. An examination of the language and the presentation style that the media use while covering the news about drowning cases may help us to determine the risk factors of the drowning cases and reduce the number. This study aims to show the awareness level of the Turkish print media on preventing drowning incidents and to discuss the steps to be taken in the Turkish media in order to prevent drowning. To this end, attitudes and presentations of three best-selling newspapers in Turkey-Zaman, Posta, and Hurriyet-and a less-selling one, Cumhuriyet, were studied in accordance with the content analysis method. The results show that the awareness of the Turkish media to prevent drowning incidents is inadequate. The number of drowning cases covered by these newspapers are very few, and they emphasis the forensic aspect of the incidents by using dramatic language without background information.