This work is focused on the news collected from the Spanish national mass media. We attempt to know the information we receive from the mass media, as a source of the social perception towards the topics linked or related to the natural environment, in particular, about nuclear power.
Nuclear power is showed as a matter related to the risk perception and its probabilistic assessment, which is the reason why the social perception is highly sensitive towards the news about nuclear accidents.
The general purpose of this communication is to analyse the information related to the earthquake and tsunami happened in Japan on March, 11th 2011 and its consequent nuclear disaster in the Spanish press. This general aim states explicitly in the following specific aims:
1. To carry out a quantitative exploration in order to check the information appeared in the national press and make a temporary analysis that allows us to know the evolution in the number of news published during the above mentioned period.
2. To verify the analysis of written press with reports of specialized magazines identifying the areas of knowledge or dimensions that are debated and identify its effect in the social perception about the nuclear power.
For the methodology used in the analysis (Díaz, Plaza and Saints, 2002), we have designed a documentary database in which every register represents a journalistic text that is considered to be the unit of analysis. The newspapers we have used are:
El País, El Mundo, La Vanguardia and ABC.
Two specialized magazines have been analysed too: the monographic number of “Ecologista” (n° 69, summer 2011), of the Spanish organization “Ecologistas en Acción” and “Investigación y Ciencia” (n° 419, August 2011) in relation to the popular scientific magazines.
The results obtained from the press will be described emphasizing, as variables of analysis, the quantitative evolution of these articles during a two-month period, the sources of information and the implied social agents as well as the treated contents.Likewise, the contents of the articles from the specialized magazines will be described and will be verified with the press, reflecting on the methodologies used in the analysis of press.
The results will be debated with the information about social perception concerning the nuclear power consulted before and after the accident in Fukushima, and in previous cases.
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Fukushima nuclear accident in the Spanish mass media
Analysis and reflections

Carmen Enrique   Profesora universitaria (Universidad de Granada)

Jose Cabo   Profesor universitario (Universidad de Granada)

Moussa Bumedian   Universidad de Granada

This work is focused on the news collected from the Spanish national mass media. We attempt to know the information we receive from the mass media, as a source of the social perception towards the topics linked or related to the natural environment, in particular, about nuclear power.
Nuclear power is showed as a matter related to the risk perception and its probabilistic assessment, which is the reason why the social perception is highly sensitive towards the news about nuclear accidents.
The general purpose of this communication is to analyse the information related to the earthquake and tsunami happened in Japan on March, 11th 2011 and its consequent nuclear disaster in the Spanish press. This general aim states explicitly in the following specific aims:
1. To carry out a quantitative exploration in order to check the information appeared in the national press and make a temporary analysis that allows us to know the evolution in the number of news published during the above mentioned period.
2. To verify the analysis of written press with reports of specialized magazines identifying the areas of knowledge or dimensions that are debated and identify its effect in the social perception about the nuclear power.
For the methodology used in the analysis (Díaz, Plaza and Saints, 2002), we have designed a documentary database in which every register represents a journalistic text that is considered to be the unit of analysis. The newspapers we have used are:
El País, El Mundo, La Vanguardia and ABC.
Two specialized magazines have been analysed too: the monographic number of “Ecologista” (n° 69, summer 2011), of the Spanish organization “Ecologistas en Acción” and “Investigación y Ciencia” (n° 419, August 2011) in relation to the popular scientific magazines.
The results obtained from the press will be described emphasizing, as variables of analysis, the quantitative evolution of these articles during a two-month period, the sources of information and the implied social agents as well as the treated contents.Likewise, the contents of the articles from the specialized magazines will be described and will be verified with the press, reflecting on the methodologies used in the analysis of press.
The results will be debated with the information about social perception concerning the nuclear power consulted before and after the accident in Fukushima, and in previous cases.

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