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Andrea Miller, Shearon Roberts, and Victoria LaPoe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039720

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039720.001.0001

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Journalists Live Their Disaster Stories

Journalists Live Their Disaster Stories

(p.36) 2 Journalists Live Their Disaster Stories
Oil and Water

Andrea Miller

Shearon Roberts

Victoria LaPoe

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter contains the emotional, one-on-one, in-depth interviews with New Orleans’ journalists. These are the journalists who covered Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in a span of five years. The chapter begins with an analysis of the Katrina journalists - the tragedy that they lived and worked. It was THEIR city that was underwater. They discuss how it affected their professional norms and routines as well as their personal lives. They speak of a new kind of journalism that came from the disaster. The chapter continues with Oil Spill journalists (many are the same) who talk about this latest crisis and how different the experience was for them. These two crises changed disaster journalism – yet one disaster promoted it, while the other hindered it. The new kind of journalism in Katrina only led to frustration when covering the very different crisis of the oil spill.

Keywords:   New Orleans’ journalists, Norms and routines, Disaster journalism, Hurricane Katrina, Deepwater Horizon oil disaster

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