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Crisis Information Management by Christine Hagar

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Community media and civic action in response to volcanic hazards

Mario Antonius Birowo

Abstract:

Awareness of the importance of community media in disseminating information related to natural disasters has encouraged people to use community radio. This chapter discusses the role of Indonesia’s Lintas Merapi Community Radio in emergency situations caused by natural disasters. In response to the eruption of the Merapi volcano, Lintas Merapi has applied a convergence of traditional media (radio) and newer media (the Internet and social media). The central argument is that people use their media to fulfill their communication needs and to find solutions for their problems, especially during the occurrence of a natural disaster such as a volcanic ...

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