Recovery from disaster: How journalists at the New Orleans times-picayune understand the role of a post-katrina newspaper

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Abstract

This paper examines how journalists at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans understand the role of the local newspaper during the recovery stage of Hurricane Katrina. Qualitative one-on-one interviews were conducted in New Orleans to gain the perspectives of these journalists. These interviews were analyzed in the context of theories of news production. Two key findings emerged. First, journalists saw their role as “objective” recorders of events complicated by their personal experience. Second, journalists saw the newspaper as an advocate for the city. These findings suggest that theories about news production and about objectivity should be considered more contextually.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-232
Number of pages17
JournalJournalism Practice
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Advocacy journalism
  • Disaster reporting
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Objectivity
  • Public service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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