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ERIC Number: ED361804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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The Unexpected Education: What We Can Learn from Disaster News Stories.
Garner, Ana C.
A study explored the safety education provided by six newspapers, using the 1988 crash of Delta Flight 1141 as a case study. A total of 351 "Delta 1141" news stories were analyzed for five key areas: overall story category, passenger safety theme, flight personnel safety theme, plane safety theme, and rescue safety. Of the stories examined, 43% were found to contain at least one safety theme paragraph within the larger story; 34% of the identified safety themes were passenger safety themes, 24% were flight safety, 29% were plane safety, and 14% were rescue safety themes. Safety themes were embedded within a story framework which reflects the three stages of disaster news work. Images of normalcy tragically disrupted by the crash abound as do images of passengers escaping and aiding others. Disaster relief personnel and aviation officials were shown working to restore order and solve the mystery of the crash. Within this framework, people can learn what to expect when a plane crashes and what they might have to do in a similar situation. (Two tables of data are included. Contains 70 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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