Bad Tidings: Communication and Catastrophe

By Lynne Masel Walters; Lee Wilkins et al. | Go to book overview

10
Tales from the Darkside: Ethical Implications of Disaster Coverage

Deni Elliott Dartmouth College

Disaster strikes and, today, media representatives are essential players. It took little exposure to the coverage of the 1986 Challenger explosion to agree with the observation in Time magazine that, "The deluge of TV and press coverage that follows a disaster has become an unavoidable feature of the media age" ( Time, February 10, 1986, p. 42).

News coverage of disasters can have potentially positive effects. Warnings before a crisis may prevent some disasters by alerting citizens and public officials to dangers. News analysis both during and after a disaster can help people understand why the disaster happened. The coverage can help people decide whether future disasters can be prevented or made less devastating, and it can help people understand what the disaster means in a larger context.

However, if news media should do any of this, it is because media have a particular function in society. This is not to argue that the free press ought to be forced to do anything. The press is free to meet or not to meet societal responsibilities. This chapter is simply an attempt to flesh out what those responsibilities are in times of disaster.

It is reasonable to expect media to respond to disaster, like other powerful organizations in the community, by helping to mitigate harm. In fact, The National Research Council's Committee on Disaster and the Mass Media provides the fol-

-161-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Bad Tidings: Communication and Catastrophe
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 198

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.