Media disaster coverage over time: Methodological issues and results

M. Kuttschreuter, Jan M. Gutteling

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Abstract

In 2000 disaster struck Enschede in The Netherlands. Due to explosions at a fireworks factory, 22 people were killed. This study aims to describe the developments in the media coverage of this disaster. Content analysis was performed on 4928 articles, derived from four distinct newspapers. After a period of intense coverage, media attention for the disaster declined. In this first month 772 articles were run (local paper 457, national papers 315). After three years this number is approximately 30 articles per month. This decline can be best described by an inverse function. This paper focuses on the changes in the amount of news coverage, and concentrates on some methodological issues researchers encounter when they try to analyse the news coverage of a disaster over time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety, reliability and risk analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Joint ESREL and SRA-Europe Conference
EditorsSebastian Martorell, C. Guedes Soares, Julie Barnett
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages1317-1323
ISBN (Print)9780415485135
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventJoint ESREL 2008 & 17th Society for Risk Analysis, SRA-Europe Conference 2008
- Valencia, Spain
Duration: 22 Sep 200825 Sep 2008

Conference

ConferenceJoint ESREL 2008 & 17th Society for Risk Analysis, SRA-Europe Conference 2008
Abbreviated titleSRA-E
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period22/09/0825/09/08

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