What Katrina revealed: A visual analysis of the hurricane coverage by news wires and U.S. newspapers

Shahira Fahmy, James D. Kelly, Yung Soo Kim

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Results of a comparative visual analysis of front-page photographs in U.S. newspapers and photographs distributed by the Associated Press and Reuters wire services revealed that gatekeeping decisions played an influential role in the coverage of Hurricane Katrina in the late summer of 2005. Front-page photographs differed significantly from photographs provided by news wires. Overall, our analyses challenge the notion that decisions made by wire services dictate the visual coverage of a news event and suggest that gatekeeping selections and use of available information are key factors in visual framing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-561
Number of pages16
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007


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  • Communication

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