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From Buerk to Ushahidi: change in TV reporting of humanitarian crises

Sambrook, Richard Jeremy 2015. From Buerk to Ushahidi: change in TV reporting of humanitarian crises. Cottle, Simon and Cooper, Glenda, eds. Humanitarianism, Communications and Change, Global Crises and the Media, vol. 19. Peter Lang, pp. 53-60.

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This chapter traces the development of broadcast coverage of humanitarian disasters from Michael Buerk’s seminal report in 1984 to the present day. It looks at the changing technology and economics of news coverage and at audience responses. It considers how technology has changed the tone and style in which disasters are reported – from a western correspondent observing events to the “live” information provided through social media by those directly affected. Including interviews with those involved in organizing, reporting and editing coverage, it considers these changes from the time when reports were flown back by air and broadcast days after the event, through the satellite age and growth of 24 hour news coverage, the advent of the internet – with no constriction on space for reporting disasters – to the social media age where there is minute by minute feedback from the field and where those caught up in the disaster can have a voice in how it is reported.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781433125263
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:20

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