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How Development Affects News Media Coverage of Earthquakes: Implications for Disaster Risk Reduction in Observing Communities

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School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182, USA
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Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
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Sustainability 2019, 11(7), 1970; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11071970
Received: 1 March 2019 / Revised: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 29 March 2019 / Published: 3 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Disaster Risk Reduction)
Previous research suggests that lesson-drawing news coverage of disasters can create windows of opportunity for policy learning in the observing communities. This is especially important for cities facing similar vulnerabilities to disaster-affected communities, where they can learn from their events to pursue disaster risk reduction policies to mitigate against those risks at home. However, little is known about the conditions under which newspapers in at-risk communities provide the type of news coverage necessary for policy learning. Using logistic regression to analyze an original dataset produced from a content analysis of five newspapers’ coverage of five earthquakes, we demonstrate that the level of development of the disaster-stricken community systematically influences the nature of news coverage in at-risk communities. These results have important implications for the understanding of urban disaster risk reduction, suggesting that the conditions for bottom-up policy learning are more likely to occur following disasters in wealthier countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: disaster risk reduction; development; news coverage and reporting; content analysis; logistic regression; earthquakes; newspapers; international communication disaster risk reduction; development; news coverage and reporting; content analysis; logistic regression; earthquakes; newspapers; international communication
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Jamieson, T.; Van Belle, D.A. How Development Affects News Media Coverage of Earthquakes: Implications for Disaster Risk Reduction in Observing Communities. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1970. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11071970

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Jamieson T, Van Belle DA. How Development Affects News Media Coverage of Earthquakes: Implications for Disaster Risk Reduction in Observing Communities. Sustainability. 2019; 11(7):1970. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11071970

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Jamieson, Thomas, and Douglas A. Van Belle. 2019. "How Development Affects News Media Coverage of Earthquakes: Implications for Disaster Risk Reduction in Observing Communities" Sustainability 11, no. 7: 1970. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11071970

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