This study examines polarization effects from the U.S. media coverage of Hurricane Katrina among international journalists across three variables: continents, media types, and ownership. ANOVA results show these variables are key determinants in the polarization of attitudes resulting from the professional norms of accuracy, investigative reporting, and diversity. However, there were no polarization effects in terms of two other professional norms: skepticism and public dialogue. The significance of attitude polarization resulting from journalistic professionalism and the social impact of media coverage in times of disasters are detailed.
|Publication status||Published - 25 May 2008|
|Event||58th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association - Montreal , Canada|
Duration: 22 May 2008 → 26 May 2008
|Conference||58th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association|
|Period||22/05/08 → 26/05/08|