MassMedia9.6.06 - Intro to Mass Media 8/30/06 Chapter 1 -...

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Intro to Mass Media 8/30/06 Chapter 1 - Mass Media and the Cultural Landscape Hurricane Katrina - August 23-31, 2005 *3rd strongest land-falling U.S. hurricane ever recorded *Government unprepared A. Media Involvement *Many reporters arrived at devastated areas before disaster relief *Many commentors openly critical of government 1. "You just found out about it today? Don't you guys watch tv; don't you guys listen to the radio? Our reporters have been reporting about it for more than today?" - Former Nightline host Ted Koppel to Michael Brown, former director of FEMA B. "Reporting" at the scene *Initial reports from New Orleans included the alleged rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl inside the Superdome *Attacks by armed gangs shooting at rescue helicopters *Dead bodies collecting in Superdome C.Fact vs. Fiction D. Was Race a Factor? *How were the victims portrayed? *Who was looting and who was "looking for food?" *Was Katrina a metaphor for the state of race relations in America? I. Media Story Tellers A. Events must be transformed into stories 1. Stories play by rules. *Beginning *Conflict *Ending B. In Crisis lies chaos, and facts are hard to get and, in some instances, even harder to verify. *But reporters must tell a story.
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