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Covering disasters and the media mandate : the 2004 tsunami

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Alan KnightAlan Knight
The Western media have been accused of judging the extent of Asian disasters by the number of Europeans affected. Do such assumptions persist in pan-Asian publications, which now enjoy the benefits of increasingly globalized communications? Does the press suffer from disaster exhaustion, reporting the initial impact but losing interest as the spotlight of international coverage moves elsewhere? Do national priorities frame the reporting of other people's disasters? This paper considers these questions by examining reportage of the 2004 tsunami by eight regional newspapers. The paper will analyse the themes adopted, the sources privileged and the issues pursued. It addresses the journalists' responsibilities in such events.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Parent Title

14th AMIC Annual Conference "Media and Society in Asia : Transformations and Transitions.

Start Page

47

End Page

71

Number of Pages

25

Start Date

01/01/2005

Location

Beijing, China

Publisher

AMIC

Place of Publication

Singapore

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Conference; Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Asian Media Information and Communication Centre. Conference

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