News Frames of Mitigation and Responsibility After Hurricane Katrina

August 2009 (VOL. 27, NO. 2)

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A content analysis of national news coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s impact and aftermath examines how responsibility is apportioned between local and national actors, when stories are told from personal or institutional perspectives, and how the important topic of disaster mitigation is covered relative to disaster impact and recovery. Results of this case study suggest the importance of storytelling frames to perceptions of disasters and governmental performance.