Risk And Politics Of Disaster Coverage

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Analysis of “Risk and Politics of Disaster Coverage in Haiti and Katrina” Introduction and Purpose of the Study The article, “Risk and Politics of Disaster Coverage in Haiti and Katrina,” by Jennifer Petersen of the University of Virginia, which appeared in the journal Communication, Culture & Critique in 2014, provides a comparison and contrast of the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina (2005), which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast and was the costliest natural disaster in the nation’s history, and the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which devastated one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. The purpose of the article is to discuss the reasons why the news media framed Hurricane Katrina as an unmitigated and unimaginable catastrophe that violated expected norms, while the 2010 Haiti earthquake was framed as an almost routine and manageable crisis, despite the fact that the Haiti earthquake caused much more loss of life and human suffering than Katrina. This purpose is discussed in both the short, nine-line abstract, and the introduction. Literature Review and Research Questions Petersen cites more than 50 sources as references for her study. Many of these sources are the news programs on NBC and CNN, which she compared when reviewing the coverage of each disaster. However, the reference list also includes a fair number of other scholarly journal articles and publications by reputable academic publishers. The author provides the
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