Media and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Lost and Found

Media and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Lost and Found

by Judith Sylvester
     
 

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Hurricane Katrina, striking the gulf coast areas of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005, has been termed the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history. Although the impact has certainly been felt in political, economic, and social terms, the impact on the media and the impact of media coverage have largely been ignored. This book tells the

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Hurricane Katrina, striking the gulf coast areas of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005, has been termed the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history. Although the impact has certainly been felt in political, economic, and social terms, the impact on the media and the impact of media coverage have largely been ignored. This book tells the stories of the reporters, newspapers, and broadcast stations that were most affected by Katrina and that were honored for their coverage and their struggles to cover the aftermath.

About the Author:
Judith Sylvester is an Associate Professor at the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

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"Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath left in ruins the reputations of a mayor, a governor, and a president. However, the catastrophe also reminded Americans of the central role journalism plays in times of tragedy. Judith Sylvester s study of the journalists of Katrina tells the stories behind the stories - the stories of heroes who were also victims. This is an important book for anyone who values journalism." - George Kennedy, Professor Emeritus, Department of Newspaper Journalism, Missouri School of Journalism

"Media coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita placed journalists at a difficult moral intersection. Dr. Sylvester captures their professional stories in the much needed pages of this text and provides an indispensable record of the important function of journalism in crises." - Connie Ledoux Book, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, School of Communications, Elon University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230263925
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
963 KB

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