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Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment by H O'Hair

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COMPETING AND COMPLEMENTARY NARRATIVES IN THE EBOLA CRISIS

Morgan Getchel, Deborah Sellnow-Richmond, Chelsea Woods, Greg Williams, Erin Hester, Matthew Seeger, and Timothy Sellnow

The surprise, threat, and uncertainty of crises create a momentary void of understanding. For at least a moment, those observing the onset of a crisis are not fully able to comprehend the nature of the crisis—the cause, the extent of the impact, and what can be done immediately. This “communication vacuum and meaning deficit of a crisis create a discursive space that is filled by narratives, often multiple and conflicting” (Seeger & Sellnow, 2016, p. 8). Narratives, the stories we tell that both help us comprehend the crisis personally and explain its origin ...

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