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Best practice approaches for reporting disasters

By Jacqueline Ewart and Hamish McLean


Much of the research about disasters has focused on the poor and unethical practices of journalists reporting on disasters, but relatively little has been written about best practice approaches to news media coverage of such events. This article uses two sources of data, interviews with senior emergency managers in eight countries and the body of research on news media coverage of disasters, to develop a best practice schema for journalists reporting disasters in two phases – before they occur and as they unfold. There is relatively little research on best practice approaches to reporting disasters; therefore, we also include the literature about news media coverage of disasters as this enabled identification of key problems with reportage of disasters. We conclude this article with suggestions about how this schema might be further refined and note some additional areas for research that might be pursued as a result of the best practice approach.Arts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social ScienceNo Full Tex

Topics: Journalism and Professional Writing not elsewhere classified, Journalism and Professional Writing, Communication and Media Studies
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.1177/1464884918757130
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