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Commentary: Pending crises: Crisis journalism and SARS in Autralia

Lee, T. and Bottomley, J. (2010) Commentary: Pending crises: Crisis journalism and SARS in Autralia. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 20 . pp. 269-276.

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    Abstract

    This commentary examines the broad discourse of crises and crisis reporting/journalism in Australia (and parts of Southeast Asia) during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome health crisis of 2003. It looks at how definitions of crisis/es and crisis journalism were invoked in media reports and broader discourse around the mysterious illness, which was eventually termed ‘SARS’. It then considers how Australia and the Australian media, although not a country closely affected as far as victims or casualties were concerned, dealt with SARS. This, we suggest, holds insights for journalism practitioners and researchers in the wayhow we approach and think about crises, especially health crises.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
    Publisher: University of Wollongong
    Publishers Website: http://ro.uow.edu.au/apme/vol1/iss20/27/
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10012
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