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Federal Agency for Civic Education - Images on crises and disaster: Dr. Liane Rothenberger comments on the functions and journalistic challenges in visual crisis reporting

In a recent online report the German Federal Agency for Civic Education raises the question of how journalists should use and comment fotos and other visuals when they report on crises and disasters such as Fukushima, Hurricane Katrina, or the Asian Tsunami in 2004. Dr. Liane Rothenberger, member of the International Research Group on Crisis Communication, underlines how much media audiences rely on pictures of crises in their attribution of authenticity. Therefore, journalists should carefully select such visualizations and put them sufficiently in context. Journalists should also admit when pictures or live broadcasting does not actually allow them to understand what is going on during a disaster or in a battle zone.

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