Framing disaster Hurricane Katrina and the national media / by Nadia Dawisha

Author(s): Dawisha, Nadia Kathryn
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Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 in mass media
Poverty in mass media
Race in mass media--United States
Mass media--United States
Formats: Electronic Resource, Remote
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Oxford, Ohio : Miami University, 2009
Physical Description: [1], ii, 77 p. : PDF file
Additional Authors: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Dept. of Communication
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Thesis (M.A.)--Miami University, Dept. of Communication, 2009
Includes bibliographical references (p. 67-77)
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Abstract: This thesis examines the 2005 media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. It analyzes the content and the reasons for the sensationalist reporting which permeated media coverage, and looks at the extent to which racial identity and class level of those affected by the hurricane influenced that media coverage. The analysis shows that although there was an attempt at some level to provide institutional/structural reasons for why people couldn't leave, especially in The New York Times editorial articles, there was far more emphasis on tales of lawlessness and individual stories. When the media did point to institutional factors, two main challenges arose. First, these issues were often not adequately discussed, especially in television news reports. Second, focus on governmental failures often led to finger pointing at officials, instead of examining how the system as a whole had failed
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OCLC Number: 428435560