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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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Oil and Water

Andrea Miller

Shearon Roberts

Victoria LaPoe

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter summarizes the media lessons that disaster journalists and consumers can learn from crises such as the Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. The media lessons from these two events significantly add to the small body of literature on disaster news. The tenets of journalism are clear, but some are extremely influential in a crisis such as the importance of community-focused storytelling, access to information, and accuracy. Additional media lessons are outlined in this chapter. Disasters are not episodic events but on-going stories that continue to emit important, evolving information. Information that can be used as context when facing a new tragedy or recovering from an old one. The media are forever linked with every tragedy. It is an inescapable link now fostered by digital landscapes. This chapter charges that the responsibility of that disaster narrative, visual and textual, must be recognized by every journalist.

Keywords:   Media lessons, Disaster news, Disaster narrative, Hurricane Katrina, Deepwater Horizon Oil disaster

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