MEDIA COVERAGE ON DISASTERS – THE PRESENT STATE OF AFFAIRS

Waseem Alkali, Hadina Habil

Abstract


This conceptual paper has two main objectives. First, to shed light on the previous studies done in the field of applied linguistics exploring the skilful use of language by media and the role it plays in societies. Second, it draws the attention on the lack of language studies on man-made disasters represented by those calamitous events other than natural disasters such as the tragedies of the 11th of September, the crash of the Malaysian Hospitality Flight (MH17) and the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370). This gap is represented by two observations. First, in most of the studies done, man-made disasters were approached from other perspectives than language. Most of the studies were from political, technical or administrative perspectives. Second, the few studies done from language perspective had not covered the many sides of language use in media. Thus, unlike the studies on natural disasters, there is a lack of study that used various methodologies and lack of in-depth studies addressing significant issues related to the language use in the media. This paper identifies the gap and invites researchers and scholars to bridge this gap by widening the range of research to cover other characteristics of media language like the media-audience relation, the power of language represented by influencing the perception of people, the impact of authority on media and the difference between local and international media in relation to the area of the disaster.

 


Keywords


CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS, DISASTERS, MAN-MADE DISASTERS FRAMING, MEDIA COVERAGE, TRAGEDIES

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/mjll.vol5iss2pp1-12

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