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Title: Framing the Accra Floods: How the Daily Graphic and the Daily Guide Newspapers Covered the Flooding in Accra.
Authors: Tietaah, G.
Ayikpa, G.
Framing the Accra Floods: How the Daily Graphic and the Daily Guide Newspapers Covered the Flooding in Accra
Keywords: Daily Guide Newspapers
Daily Graphic
the Flooding in Accra
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: Flooding is undoubtedly one of the global natural disasters with the most debilitating effects on both humans and other living things alike. It is the leading and most frequent cause of natural disaster fatalities worldwide. It has become such a global concern that both developed and developing countries give maximum attention to it in finding ways of minimizing, if not preventing, its effects. The objective of this study is not to describe the impact of flood events on human populations in terms of mortality, injury and displacement but to look at the extent to which the media give prominence to stories of flooding in the capital of Ghana and the angling of the reportage on this natural disaster. The period between 2014 and 2015 has been full of several flooding disasters in Accra with unforgettable loss of lives and property. It was expected of the print media especially to give comprehensive coverage of these occurrences in order to give valuable information about prevention, recovery and mitigation. The focus is on two print media in Ghana; the Daily Graphic and the Daily Guide. The study found out that most of the stories on flooding focused on the loss of human lives and properties. Other aspects of flooding that were highlighted in the newspaper articles include ordeals and challenge of flood victims, effects of flooding on human lives and donations to flood victims. The study further found that nearly 60% of flood stories were placed on the front, centre and back pages of the two newspapers indicating that the two attached prominence to the phenomenon. Findings from the work also suggested that there were no real significant differences between the coverage of Daily Guide and Daily Graphic on the subject. The study concluded by suggesting that journalists must desist from unnecessary sensationalisation of flood-related stories. Rather, they should attach a great deal of professionalism to their reportage
Description: Thesis (M.A) University of Ghana,2015
Appears in Collections:Department of Communication Studies

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