In Oil and Water, the authors show how Katrina journalists have reluctantly had to transform into oil spill journalists. The authors look at this process from the viewpoints not only of the journalists, but also of the public and of the scientific community. This book assesses the quality of journalism and the effects that quality may have on the public. The authors argue that regardless of the type of journalism involved or the immensity of the events covered, successful reportage still depends on the fundamentals of journalism and the importance of following these tenets consistently in a crisis atmosphere, especially when confronted with enduring crises that are just years apart.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
"The authors have penned a thought-provoking commentary on contemporary journalism and its role in the evolving genre of 'disaster reporting.' Louisianans know better than most about national and man-made disasters; Oil and Water reminds us of the sometimes disproportionate impact the media has on how perceptions are shaped."
--Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
"The must-read book before parachuting off to the next disaster scene--even for the most seasoned network news veteran. Oil and Water wades into disaster reporting that ranged from the shallow to the deep and emerges with a cohesive chronicle of the media chaos following Katrina. The authors also carefully compare and contrast how two of the worst disasters to hit the Gulf Coast produced some of this country's best local journalism--ever."
--Donna Dees-Thomases, author of Looking for a Few Good Moms: How One Mom Rallied a Million Others against the Gun Lobby and former communications director at CBS News and The Late Show with David Letterman
"Oil and Water takes a sharp look at disaster reporting and examines the multitude of local and national coverage following Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. It's an essential read for both journalists and consumers to get a better understanding of journalism amid crisis."
--Michelle Miller, CBS News correspondent and former anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans