The visibility of disaster deaths in news images : a comparison of newspapers from 15 countries

Hanusch, Folker (2012) The visibility of disaster deaths in news images : a comparison of newspapers from 15 countries. International Communication Gazette, 74(7), pp. 655-672.

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The extent to which newspapers display graphic images of death has rarely been studied in relation to the degree of the visibility of bodies, nor do many comparative analyses exist. This has led to a narrow understanding of how and why audiences are exposed to human suffering around the world. In examining newspaper images of the dead from the 2010 Haiti earthquake across 15 countries, this study develops a graphic image content scale to measure such visualizations. It finds significant differences in graphic images across the studied sample, both in terms of the amount of images and the degree of visibility of death. The study argues that major sociocultural influences, such as different religious traditions and societal levels of violence are part of the reason for the differences.

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ID Code: 68300
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Journalism, death, graphic, image, visual, culture, typology, comparative, religion, iconography
DOI: 10.1177/1748048512458560
ISSN: 1748-0493
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 SAGE Publications Ltd.
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 21:53
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 18:18

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