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dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, Rosemaryen
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-03T23:16:29Z-
dc.date.available2019-04-03T23:16:29Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationJournalism Studies, 20(11), p. 1511-1527en
dc.identifier.issn1461-670Xen
dc.identifier.issn1469-9699en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/26622-
dc.description.abstractThe news media both report and evaluate the compassionate responses made by political leaders to communities affected by natural disaster. When these responses are viewed as performances according to Alexander’s theory of cultural pragmatics, authenticity—manifest in the display of empathy— emerges as a criterion for their evaluation by journalists. The essay traces the history of these evaluations. Taking Australia as a representative example of both western news traditions and disaster reporting, the essay provides an overview of newspaper depictions and evaluations of prime ministers’ responses to tropical cyclone from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. This reveals increasing value being placed on prime ministers being physically and emotionally engaged with Australians when disaster strikes, including through the display of palpable grief, which is aligned with the mediatization of politics and the emotional public sphere. Also revealed is a turn toward journalists reflexively expressing skepticism about such performed authenticity in a highly mediatized environment. By drawing attention to this skepticism, the essay challenges practitioners to interrogate their contribution to the ongoing evolution of disaster reporting. It also offers an empirical starting point for further studies of this aspect of disaster reporting.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.ispartofJournalism Studiesen
dc.titleAuthenticity in Newspaper Coverage of Political Leaders’ Responses to Disaster: A Historical Studyen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1461670X.2018.1527712en
local.contributor.firstnameRosemaryen
local.subject.for2008190301 Journalism Studiesen
local.subject.for2008200101 Communication Studiesen
local.subject.seo2008970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Cultureen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciencesen
local.profile.emailrwilli27@une.edu.auen
local.output.categoryC1en
local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen
local.format.startpage1511en
local.format.endpage1527en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume20en
local.identifier.issue11en
local.title.subtitleA Historical Studyen
local.contributor.lastnameWilliamsonen
dc.identifier.staffune-id:rwilli27en
local.profile.orcid0000-0001-5130-3464en
local.profile.roleauthoren
local.identifier.unepublicationidune:1959.11/26622en
local.date.onlineversion2018-10-10-
dc.identifier.academiclevelAcademicen
local.title.maintitleAuthenticity in Newspaper Coverage of Political Leaders’ Responses to Disasteren
local.relation.fundingsourcenoteAustralian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowship 2015-2016en
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
local.search.authorWilliamson, Rosemaryen
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