Media Coverage During Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina is one of the most horrific natural disaster in the twenty-first century in the United States. The hurricane hit on August 23, 2005, and ended August 31, 2005. The storm killed 1,836 people most of them from Louisiana and more than half of them were a senior citizen. The storm surge was twenty feet high. There are still 705 people missing after the storm. About 80% of New Orleans was under water and the hurricane impacted about 90,000 square miles. Hurricane Katrina affected over 15 million people in different ways from losing their house and other economic sufferings ("11 Facts About Hurricane Katrina"). New Orleans is in a risk area for floods or storms since the city actually lies …show more content…
Many people questioned the role of the media since the media seemed not to do their job. Instead of using media as a tool to communicate with society and government, the media was used more as a way of scaring. In the article, The ‘Appalling’ Ways The Media Framed the Narrative After Hurricane Katrina written by Rahel Gebreyes and published in Huffington Post Gebreyes points out the lack of language the journalist new about disasters. Luckily natural disasters like this do not happen often so most of the journalists were covering news like this for the first time and maybe their only time in their life. In the article "Race and Media Coverage of Hurricane Katrina: Analysis, Implications, and Future Research Questions." by Samuel Sommers the authors bring up the fact that journalist really struggled on what word to use for the victims of the hurricane. Looking at news from the first week from Katrina, Geoffrey Nunberg gathered data and 56% used the word "evacuee" and 44% used the word "refugee". "Most interestingly, in articles in which either "evacuee" or "refugee" appeared within 10 words of "poor" or "Black," "refugee" was the more popular term by a statistically significant margin of 68% to 32%" (41). This proofs the fact journalist had a hard time pinning down what words to use or how to describe the victims and their
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Media outlets began unprecedented press coverage of the story. Missing children were not new to the city of New Orleans, but this was the opportunity for the owners of news outlets to have their distortions of the case publicized. Many different ideas were swirled around in the press. One publication
200,000 homeowners devised that their homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Of those homes 13,000 were completely destroyed and unfixable. Many people were rescued, but sadly 82 people and counting lost their lives. Not Just homes were destroyed and people were killed, over 1 million vehicles were swept up by Harvey. 4,000 homes without power and some still without power right now.
“Ferguson: the take from major media outlets” The media undeniably influences society’s perceptions of everyday events. Of course, what version of media people look at also influences their views. With the plethora of media and vast array of accessibility of said media, it seems somewhat impossible for major media outlets to offer the exact same perspective when covering an issue. Recently, there’s been an increased amount of small-town issues that have sparked with the help of social media and are now being reported on by most news outlets. One of those events is the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
It struck with winds up to 140 mph. Although the hurricane created substantial damage, the aftermath had fatal consequences. The levees that were supposed to withhold a Category 3 hurricane in turn failed and about 50 breaches were created. The 50 breaches were the result of failed construction, neglect of upkeep. The City of New Orleans local & federal legislation should supply the money in order to secure the well being of the city.
The reaction to Hurricane Katrina to me is shockingly similar to events that have happened both in the past and today in New Orleans. In the weeks after Katrina, the people of New Orleans were devastated by the death of family members, and the loss of their businesses, but eventually they began to rebuild the city just like they did after Hurricane Betsy. Since the construction of the levees
News media experts have noted that Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the first demonstration of how disaster response was changing and that individuals possessed “an unprecedented capacity to access, share, create and apply information” (Nachison, 2005). The use of social media facilitated collaborative online efforts to locate missing people and emergency housing, and coordinate volunteers (Nelson et al., 2010 as cited in Goldfine, 2011). Hurricane Katrina was one of the first natural disasters that “marked the coming of age of participatory media” (Haddow & Haddow, 2009). During Hurricane Katrina, social media was established as the ‘go-to’ platform for information (PR Newswire, 2011). As this disaster occurred when the internet was gaining popularity,
With winds reaching more than 175 miles per hour this was the strongest winds the city of New Orleans had ever seen. With the winds came lots of water, some areas of New Orleans seen more than 20 feet of water. My home was in an area that was greatly impacted by the water. I remember watching the news and seeing all the damage caused by the hurricane. The system that was in place to protect the city had failed.
August 23, 2005 Tropical Depression Twelve formed. The depression became Katrina August 24 when it was located over the Bahamas. Katrina was the 11th tropical storm of the 2005 hurricane season. Katrina turned westward on August 25th, toward Florida. Katrina intensified before making landfall in Florida and was a hurricane about 2 hours before making landfall on the southeastern coast of Florida, near the border of Miami-Dade County and Broward County.
What was Hurricane Katrina? Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the United States. Katrina first made landfall on August 29, 2005 and struck the Gulf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Katrina was first announced as a Category 3 hurricane and with time it soon grew into a Category 5 hurricane.
Hurricane Sandy destroyed many buildings along the east coast. Sandy was a category one through four hurricane and that is a very dangerous hurricane. Those categories showed in all the destruction that was left after the storm. There were thousands of homes that were destroyed because of the flooding and the high winds that ripped through the towns. Many of people’s homes were not even in the same place because the high flooding picked the houses up off the ground and were move with the water.
However, it particularly damaged New Orleans, due to its poor infrastructure and unfortunate geographical location. However, the main complication that had a negative influence on the effects of hurricane Katrina was the poor response of the government. The hurricane has been the cause for many economical, environmental and political problems and is affecting the city up until today.
Uncertainty is what is left because it’s a long process of rebuilding, not only that but to see what used to be home now is gone and have to start from zero. After, the impact there is many rescues done as well as evacuations, the flooding caused massive destructions (“Federal report shows punch of last year 's Hurricane Harvey”, 2018). Another Hurricane that impacted U.S. was Hurricane Katrina which hit August 23, 2005 – August 31, 2005. The destruction was largely