The Evolution of Visual News Frames

This essay suggests visual news frames in the coverage of natural disasters are similar to those of war over time, in that coverage starts with images of conflict, and as time goes on, the frame evolves into human interest. Drawing on the research and analysis methods used by Fahmy, Kelly, and Kim in “What Katrina Revealed: A Visual Analysis of the Hurricane Coverage by News Wires and U.S. Newspapers”, I establish similarities in the trends that the media followed in creating the visual news frames of Katrina and Sandy. Contrary to Fahmy, Kelly, and Kim, however, my essay exposes differences within those trends, such as the role of government in the creation of visual news frames. This essay also explores an extension off of the discussion that Schwalbe, Silcock, and Keith include in their analysis about the visual frame of the Iraq War, citing the “Master War Narrative” as a major influence in the creation of the visual news frame of the Iraq War. This essay investigates the possibility of a “Master Disaster Narrative” and its role in the creation of the Sandy visual news frame.  [186 words]

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3 thoughts on “The Evolution of Visual News Frames”

  1. Who was the intended audience when the images were published? Has the intended audience changed based upon what types of images were being publicized?

  2. I really like that you comparing the visual frames of Katrina and Sandy, it sounds like a great argument. What types of visual media are you analyzing (like are they photos, political cartoons, etc)? Also I’m slightly confused as to how you’re going to include the visual frame of the Iraq War in this essay, could you clear that up for me?

  3. I really like the idea behind comparing the visual news frames, and believe it will be a very interesting topic. However, how you will incorporate the Iraq War images in as a contrast without making it seem like it was just dropped in there?

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