Title: Hurricane Katrina 10 years later: a qualitative meta-analysis of communications and media studies of New Orleans' Black community

Authors: Tia C.M. Tyree; Marcus Antonio Hill

Addresses: Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications, Howard University, 525 Bryant Street, NW, Washington DC, 2005, USA ' Department of Communication, Frostburg University, 101 Braddock Rd., CCIT 348E, Frostburg, MD 21532, USA

Abstract: A qualitative meta-analysis was conducted of more than 30 studies with a media focus surrounding the American natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. The goal of the study was to discover what previous studies about or including African-Americans impacted by the Hurricane Katrina devastation unearthed about the media coverage of them. In analysing the finding of previous research, this study's main purpose was to investigate if findings reiterated what previous scholars stated about the media's framing of African Americans. These meta-analysis authors concluded studies highlighted how media perpetuated many of the longstanding problematic practices within US media related to the framing of African-Americans, reiterated negative international media coverage of other natural disasters, and played a harmful role in the subsequent governmental response to the residents and city post-storm.

Keywords: Hurricane Katrina; media coverage; natural disasters; meta-analysis; communications; stereotypes; African-Americans; agenda setting; New Orleans; hurricanes; USA; United States; black community; government response; disaster management; emergency management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2016.079021

International Journal of Emergency Management, 2016 Vol.12 No.3, pp.304 - 327

Received: 04 Feb 2015
Accepted: 21 Sep 2015

Published online: 09 Sep 2016 *

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