Comparing Television and Internet News Coverage of the Haiti Earthquake

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Screaming, praying, and crying for help, the people of Haiti were in a state of panic on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010 at 4:53 P.M. An earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.0, left the Haitians homeless, desolate, and in prayer. The story was everywhere; from news channels to local newspapers, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy my hunger for knowledge. This impulsive interest made me want to know more about this catastrophe; thus, I went on the internet to the New York Times website. The internet informed me with more than what I wanted to know. Overall, the internet provided a more specific and well opinionated story, compared to graphic and vivid news broadcasts. There were many similarities between the television broadcast and the internet article. One clear resemblance is how both sources represented Haiti as a poor, helpless, and miserable country that is burdened with another reason to remorse. Both points of views emphasized the Haitian population's bold will to survive even though the Haitians were repressed against nature. The news sources repeatedly announced that Haiti was...

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