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Oil and Water

Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Andrea Miller (author) Shearon Roberts (author)
Victoria LaPoe (author)

ISBN: 9781617039720

Publication Date: Apr 2014

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Along the Gulf Coast, history is often referenced as pre-Katrina or post-Katrina. However, the natural disaster that appalled the world in 2005 has been joined by another catastrophe, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Oil and Water, the authors explore the media-fed experiences, the visuals and narratives associated with both disasters.
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Along the Gulf Coast, history is often referenced as pre-Katrina or post-Katrina. However, the natural disaster that appalled the world in 2005 has been joined by another catastrophe, this one man-made--the greatest environmental and maritime accident of all time, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In less than five years, the Gulf Coast has experienced two colossal disasters, very different, yet very similar. And these two equally complex crises have resulted in a steep learning curve for all, but especially the journalists covering these enduring stories.

In Oil and Water, the authors explore the media-fed experiences, the visuals and narratives associated with both disasters. Katrina journalists have reluctantly had to transform into oil spill journalists. The authors look at this process of growth from the viewpoints not only of the journalists, but also of the public and of the scientific community. Through a detailed analysis of the journalists' content, the authors tackle significant questions. This book assesses the quality of journalism and the effects that quality may have on the public. The authors argue that regardless of the type of journalism involved or the immensity of the events covered, successful reportage still depends on the fundamentals of journalism and the importance of following these tenets consistently in a crisis atmosphere, especially when confronted with enduring crises that are just years apart.

Illustrations 4|4 black & white images
Pages 192
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2014
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Subject/s Media studies   Natural disasters  
Andrea Miller is associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Her work has appeared in many journals.

|Shearon Roberts, New Orleans, Louisiana, is a native of Trinidad and an assistant professor of mass communication at Xavier University of Louisiana. She contributed to Covering Disaster: Lessons from Coverage of Katrina and Rita.|Victoria LaPoe is an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University. She is the author of the book American-Indian Media: The Past, the Present, and the Promise of Digital.

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