The minimization of public health risks in newspapers after hurricane katrina

Elisia L. Cohen, Santosh Vijaykumar, Ricardo Wray, Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic

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During natural disasters, mass media facilitate the timely provision of accurate information about health risks to the public. This study informs our understanding of such public health discourse, utilizing a content-analysis of 235 newspaper articles in four major metropolitan newspapers published in the five weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005. These data reveal that a small and diminishing number of articles included public health information over time, detailed the hurricane impact on affected communities, and used reliable health sources. The implications for future research from a public health and media relations perspective are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-281
Number of pages16
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Content Analysis
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Newspapers
  • Risk Communication


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