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Covering the Boxing Day tsunami : the media mandate

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Alan Knight
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 globalised 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 journalists' responsibilities in such events.

Funding

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

History

Volume

15

Issue

1

Start Page

56

End Page

91

Number of Pages

36

ISSN

1038-6130

Location

Brisbane

Publisher

UQ

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian studies in journalism.

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