International journalists’ expectations from the US media coverage of Hurricane Katrina

Kalyango Jr, Yusuf and Eckler, Petya (2010) International journalists’ expectations from the US media coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Journalism, 11 (3). pp. 277-292. ISSN 1464-8849

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Abstract

This study examines how international journalists evaluated the performance of the US media in the coverage of Hurricane Katrina through the concept of journalistic expectations. A survey was conducted to determine whether expectations were met and whether they differed across cultures. Data were collected from Europe, Asia/ Middle East, Africa, North America, and South America. Expectations were not met for accuracy, diversity, and skepticism but were satisfied for investigative reporting and public dialogue. Major differences existed between journalists from Europe and other continents. This study advances the concept of journalistic expectations and contributes to understanding how they vary across cultures and how international journalists evaluate their counterparts covering a major natural disaster.