Review by Choice Review
These nine essays review the coverage of hurricanes Katrina and Rita by local and national newspapers and broadcasters. The topics include, for example, how the news media depicted Katrina's and Rita's environmental impacts and the favorable public opinion about the media's coverage, as reported by pollsters. One particularly interesting chapter looks at how Gulf Coast journalists, who were themselves storm victims, maintained or jettisoned their impartially about the governmental response to the hurricanes. Some essays discuss core findings within a context of previous mass-communications research on news coverage of natural and human disasters. This is a good companion to Old and New Media after Katrina, ed. by Diane Negra (2010), which emphasizes how post-storm text messages, blogs, and social networks influenced and shaped public opinion and understanding. Izard and Perkins (both, Louisiana State Univ.) are careful editors, and the book's formatting makes it easy to read. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. R. A. Logan emeritus, University of Missouri--Columbia
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