A content analysis of Hurricane Katrina news coverage in the New York times

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dc.contributor.advisor Popovich, Mark N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Rybalko, Svetlana A. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:30Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2007 .R93 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188360
dc.description.abstract The current study explored how Hurricane Katrina and consecutive flooding were covered by a mainstream news media organization--the New York Times. The purpose of the study was to see and analyze if the natural disaster of such magnitude as Hurricane Katrina increased the New York Times awareness of potential risks faced by the coastal area of the United States? Can the New York Times play a role of a social change agent helping the public realize risks and be more prepared for them in the future?The researcher conducted frame analysis and 3279 paragraphs were coded in the following categories: disaster aftermath, human interest, political, responsiveness, recovery, risk, science, damage, conflict, blame frame, and other. A chi-square test was used to test the hypotheses.The first hypothesis stated: "In disaster news coverage there will be more non-risk oriented stories rather than risk oriented stories" was accepted. The secondhypothesis stated: "In stories that have risk related information there will be more quotes from officials rather than experts" was rejected.The study of the first research question: "What kinds of risks have been covered in risk framed stories?" demonstrated that reporters tend to cover more dramatic risks rather than mundane ones. The study of the second research question: "Were the sources in stories about Hurricane Katrina being quoted on subjects appropriate to their expertise?" showed that sources used in the stories were quoted according to their expertise. The study of the third question: "What kind of risk awareness (current risks) and risk prevention (hypothetical risks) coverage is there in the New York Times?" revealed that reporters tend to provide more information on current risks (risk awareness) rather than information on how to prevent future risks.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Journalism
dc.format.extent iv, 74 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Press coverage. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Risk assessment. en_US
dc.subject.other New York times. en_US
dc.title A content analysis of Hurricane Katrina news coverage in the New York times en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1365524 en_US

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