This is a paper that is focusing on the student to review the media’s handling of Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. The paper also provides additional information to use in the writing of the assignment paper. Below is the assessment description to follow:
Review the media’s handling of Hurricane Andrew in August 1992
The purpose of this assignment is to review the media’s handling of Hurricane Andrew (August 1992). Students should consider the time period as well as the cultural, social, political, and economic situations at the time to critique the media’s message. Assignment Instructions: • Event Selection/ Hurricane Andrew – August 24, 1992 Florida and Louisiana • Synopsis of the Event/ Full explanation of the event itself IS NOT necessary. The review of the vent itself should be no more than 150 words.
• Comprehensive Emergency Management While reviewing the media reports. Consider which of the four phases of comprehensive emergency management would apply to the specific report. Is the piece covering the response to the event, or is the focus on how an organization, city, or region is recovering? Time periods/ If the event is one that occurs over a period of time. Such as the heat wave of 1988, a specific time period can be identified to make the analysis manageable. However, the time period as well as the reasoning for covering only a portion of the entire event should be included.
• Questions to consider: o How do these sources approach the event as a ‘story’? o What features of the crisis were covered in your sources? o How does the coverage correspond with, or conflict with, accepted scientific understanding of disaster? How would the audience view this news coverage and what understanding of the vent would they have? o Is the coverage appropriate? o Is the coverage true and factual? Is the coverage misleading?
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