Defining crisis news events
2010 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, Vol. 31, no 1, 87-101 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Research on news organizations’ handling of ‘what-a-story’s proposes that journalists findroutines for handling these events based on their previous experiences of similar situations.Still, conceptual discussions on how to define extraordinary events or ’what-a-story’s havethus far attracted limited interest. In response, the present article proposes a definition of‘what-a-story’s in order to provide an understanding of what events become a part of newsorganizations’ historical case banks. Accordingly, the aim of the article is to present a definitionof crisis news events from an organizational perspective, which can help distinguishcritical news events of importance to news organizations’ learning and preparedness. Thearticle argues that crisis news are to be understood as surprise events that challenge keyorganizational values and demand a swift response. Based on interviews with Swedishbroadcasting media managers, the article illustrates how the September 11th terror attackscan be defined as a crisis event.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 31, no 1, 87-101 p.
crisis, journalistic practices, media, attacks, September 11th, organizational learning, decision-making
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-25608DiVA: diva2:200047
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83082008-11-202008-11-172010-08-04Bibliographically approved