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The Renewal of Journalistic Practice: Reporting from the 2010 Haitian Earthquake

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The Renewal of Journalistic Practice: Reporting from the 2010 Haitian Earthquake

Downie, Peter W. (2012) The Renewal of Journalistic Practice: Reporting from the 2010 Haitian Earthquake. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This is a study of the practices and experiences of eight Canadian journalists in the week immediately following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The central assertion of this study is that a reenergized journalistic community is born in disaster in the absence of the comfort, familiarity and technical capabilities of the traditional newsroom and its decision-making structures. The exceptional conditions of the Haitian earthquake produced, with no formal planning, a mutually supportive and cooperative journalistic community. This research concentrates on how journalism operates differently in a disaster zone by rediscovering “the authentic” and how, amidst the ruptured meanings of daily life for Haitians, the earthquake represents a unique opportunity for professional renewal.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Journalism
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Downie, Peter W.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Journalism Studies
Date:24 April 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):McLean, James
Keywords:disaster, reporting, routine, journalism practice
ID Code:973935
Deposited By:PETER DOWNIE
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 14:59
Last Modified:15 Nov 2012 16:16
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