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Oil and WaterMedia Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster$
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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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National versus Local Disaster News

National versus Local Disaster News

(p.65) 3 National versus Local Disaster News
Oil and Water

Andrea Miller

Shearon Roberts

Victoria LaPoe

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter re-establishes media roles in crisis by exploring the different responsibilities and coverage of national vs. local news during tragedies. Local television and newspapers often assume specific roles that help manage and guide a community through tragedy. While there was little positive to be found in Hurricane Katrina, the local media found a way to bring people together amidst a sea of negative national coverage. However, both national and local outlets framed coverage in an episodic manner (rather than thematic) – a manner that highlights individuals without context and often results in blame being placed on victims. And in the case of Katrina, a disproportionate number of the victims were African-American. Overall, this chapter couples established scholarly frames with media roles to present a rich, yet often conflicting picture of the information sent to the audience.

Keywords:   National vs. local news, Framing, Media roles in crisis, Victims, Hurricane Katrina

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