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Closely aligned with our impact measure on freshwater awareness, tracking media trends and how media is advancing a narrative on freshwater is important to understand.
This research establishes a baseline measure of media trends by analyzing media coverage related to the Our Living Waters impact measures for the years 2007, 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Media coverage of freshwater issues across Canada indicates an overall decline on coverage of water issues nationally. Cumulative media coverage decreased by 18% over the years studied. Though it is certainly possible that water stories may have increased in years not studied, a general trend downward has appeared.
During the period studied, OLW impact measures that featured most prominently in the media (in order) included:
- Freshwater Awareness
- Green Infrastructure
- Freshwater Policy
Green Infrastructure was gaining in media attention, peaking at just over 11,000 stories in 2017. This area has seen a stark decline in the past two years with only 3,066 stories in 2019. It is possible that this is the result of new terminology around 'natural infrastructure' and 'nature based solutions' gaining ground.
Percent change in traditional media stories - 2007, 2012, 2017
|% Change (for 2007 baseline)||Total Media Stories|
5-Year target: To continue tracking this impact measure over time to monitor media coverage trends
Last updated September 2020