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Article: Newspaper coverage of emergency response and government responsibility in domestic natural disasters: China-US and within-China comparisons

TitleNewspaper coverage of emergency response and government responsibility in domestic natural disasters: China-US and within-China comparisons
Authors
KeywordsChina
comparative study
crisis communication
Hurricane Katrina
media reporting
risk
Sichuan earthquake
USA
Issue Date2012
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13698575.asp
Citation
Health, Risk And Society, 2012, v. 14 n. 1, p. 71-85 How to Cite?
AbstractBased on a comparative approach, this article reports content analyses of news articles about a devastating earthquake that occurred in Sichuan province, China, from six Chinese newspapers, indicating that the Chinese media, in reporting the government's emergency responses, had many similarities with the American media's coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Further comparisons, however, suggest that the claim of a 'watchdog' media culture during disasters, as measured by the frequency of media accounts of the government's responsibilities, is still relatively premature in China. Moreover, party-controlled and market-oriented media in China had different focuses in their coverage of natural disasters. The market-oriented media played an important role in making the Sichuan earthquake more transparent and the authorities more responsible. Provincial media in China may be less regulated by the central government and are in a good position to cover sensitive stories outside their own province. But they will not have a long-term impact without an overall government policy of open information and media deregulation. By contrast, fewer variations in story focus were observed in the American media, and the overall difference is relatively limited. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153241
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.544
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.786
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dc.contributor.authorFu, Kwen_HK
dc.contributor.authorZhou, Len_HK
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Qen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, Yyen_HK
dc.contributor.authorBurkhart, Fen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-16T10:01:34Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-16T10:01:34Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHealth, Risk And Society, 2012, v. 14 n. 1, p. 71-85en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1369-8575en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153241-
dc.description.abstractBased on a comparative approach, this article reports content analyses of news articles about a devastating earthquake that occurred in Sichuan province, China, from six Chinese newspapers, indicating that the Chinese media, in reporting the government's emergency responses, had many similarities with the American media's coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Further comparisons, however, suggest that the claim of a 'watchdog' media culture during disasters, as measured by the frequency of media accounts of the government's responsibilities, is still relatively premature in China. Moreover, party-controlled and market-oriented media in China had different focuses in their coverage of natural disasters. The market-oriented media played an important role in making the Sichuan earthquake more transparent and the authorities more responsible. Provincial media in China may be less regulated by the central government and are in a good position to cover sensitive stories outside their own province. But they will not have a long-term impact without an overall government policy of open information and media deregulation. By contrast, fewer variations in story focus were observed in the American media, and the overall difference is relatively limited. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13698575.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHealth, Risk and Societyen_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectcomparative studyen_HK
dc.subjectcrisis communicationen_HK
dc.subjectHurricane Katrinaen_HK
dc.subjectmedia reportingen_HK
dc.subjectrisken_HK
dc.subjectSichuan earthquakeen_HK
dc.subjectUSAen_HK
dc.titleNewspaper coverage of emergency response and government responsibility in domestic natural disasters: China-US and within-China comparisonsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailFu, Kw: kwfu@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, Yy: yychan@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13698575.2011.641521en_HK
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