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Collective ConvictionThe Story of Disaster Action$
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Anne Eyre and Pam Dix

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381236

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781781381236.001.0001

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Experiences of the Mass Media

Experiences of the Mass Media

(p.129) Chapter 10 Experiences of the Mass Media
Collective Conviction

Anne Eyre

Pam Dix

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies how the human interest angle has always made bereaved people and survivors attractive to the mass media. The advent of 24-hour news has also meant increasing pressure to find stories to fill the time, leading to more speculative reporting, while the facts are being established. The rapid development of technology means that disasters can now be captured on video or mobile phones as they unfold. This potentially offers rapid news and updates and valuable insight into disaster experiences. But it also encourages the acquisition and dissemination of images that may be distasteful, exploitative, and harmful to the feelings, rights, and welfare of those affected by disasters. Disaster Action members have sought to influence journalists' perceptions and treatment of those they seek to interview. This includes giving presentations to journalism and research students at colleges and universities, contributing to the work of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, and the production of a leaflet with guidance on interviewing, which spells out what it is like to be on the receiving end. One of the most rewarding parts of this work is contributing to education for the next generation of journalists.

Keywords:   disaster reporting, bereaved people, survivors, mass media, speculative reporting, disaster experiences, Disaster Action, journalists, journalism

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