Oil Spill Seen As Ecological Disaster
Americans are critical of the government’s response to the environmental disaster in the Gulf, but even more so of BP. Support for offshore oil drilling is down, though Republican opinion is unchanged.
Mother Nature Makes News
A trio of tragedies — a typhoon, a tsunami and an earthquake — combined to make Sept. 28-Oct. 4 the second-biggest week of natural disaster coverage in 2009, confirming again the tendency of network newscasts to devote significant coverage to such disasters. An interactive feature charts media coverage of these and other disasters of recent years.
No Longer in the News, Earthquake Survivors Face a Painful Recovery
Media focus in China turned away weeks ago from the May 12 earthquake to the Beijing Olympics, but a journey through the heart of the destruction reveals the immense task faced by the people of Sichuan, already poor, to recreate their lives.
Tracking China’s Earthquake on TV and the Internet – Part II
In a second dispatch, our Beijing correspondent reports that Chinese TV is back to being the voice of the government. Meanwhile, the internet has become a more wild-west version of itself, with a virtual explosion of content that runs the gamut from informative to creative, irresponsible, angry, maudlin…
Tracking China’s Earthquake on TV and the Internet
While the internet proved to be a faster and more varied source of news about the disaster, Chinese television reports have shown an unprecedented absence of censorship: “The faces in these productions tell everything. The soldiers are young; the grief is raw; the eyes are desperate.”
Home Insurance Woes Mount in U.S. Coastal Areas
Two years after Hurricane Katrina, state governments along the Gulf Coast and in other storm-prone areas struggle to keep affordable coverage available in areas seen as increasingly risky.
Presidential Campaign Overtakes Iraq as Media’s Top Story
The 2008 Presidential campaign — with its crowded field and accelerated timetable — emerged as the leading story in the American news media in the second quarter of 2007, supplanting the policy debate over Iraq.
Have National Guard Deployments in Iraq Eroded States’ Disaster Response Capability?
The tornado that tore apart Greensburg, Kan., dramatized what could happen when a state’s equipment is thousands of miles away in Iraq. But it now seems that Kansas’ problems in rushing aid to the disaster scene weren’t as acute as the governor first implied.