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date: 08 August 2020

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This chapter examines how media respond to crises, providing an overview of studies on the topics of terrorism, war, natural disasters, transportation accidents, and environmental catastrophes occurring both at home and abroad. The chapter briefly describes the parameters of the media’s influence and summarizes key findings of previous studies that examine media sources, messages, and audiences as they relate to coverage of crisis events. It concludes by discussing how political communication scholars interested in crises should focus attention on emergent sources of media influence, on how digital technologies transform media texts and their influence, and on how online environments recast conventional conceptions of media audiences.

Keywords: crises, natural disasters, terrorism, war, media sources, media messages, media audiences enemies, online media, and visual images

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