Chapter Two

The Changing Media World

“The Changing Media World,” examines how the Internet and social media have transformed the way news is produced and consumed today. The move to audience-centered and user-generated news has had a profound effect on disaster communications. This chapter tracks the decline of traditional media – newspapers, radio and television – and examines the rise of social media and the increased dependence on Twitter, Facebook and other social media for both breaking and in-depth news coverage and analysis. This chapter details the steps newsgathering operations have taken to adapt to these changes and explore new media tools and trends of note to disaster communicators.


Social media; Twitter; Facebook; user-generated ...

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