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Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, 2nd Edition by Kim S Haddow, George Haddow

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Introduction

The world of disaster communications has been completely transformed in the last five years. The explosion in Internet and social media tools, in new technologies and applications, and in public access to information instantly through smartphones and tablets has changed the way news is gathered, distributed, and used. It has also blurred the lines between the reporter and the audience, between the disaster agency and the public.

Five years ago in the first edition of this book, the question was whether or not emergency managers and communicators were going to use social media for disaster planning, response, and recovery. Since then there has been a steep decline in the audiences for newspapers and weekly news magazines, and the ...

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