© 2020

Media, Journalism and Disaster Communities

  • Jamie Matthews
  • Einar Thorsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jamie Matthews, Einar Thorsen
    Pages 1-16
  3. Environmental Destruction and Geophysical Hazards

  4. Armed Conflict and Journalistic Freedoms

  5. Human (In)action and Humanitarian Crises

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-247

About this book


This book illuminates the concept of disaster communities through a series of international case studies. It offers an eclectic overview of how different forms of media and journalism contribute to our understanding of the lived experiences of communities at risk from, affected by, and recovering from disaster. This collection considers the different forms of media and journalism produced by and for communities and how they may recognise and speak to the different notions of community that emerge in disaster contexts – including vulnerabilities and consequences that arise from environmental destruction and geophysical hazards, the insecurity created by armed conflict and limitations on journalistic freedoms, and result from human (in)action and humanitarian crises.


Local media Local journalism Disaster communities Civic media Media and disasters Community journalism Community media Disaster recovery

Editors and affiliations

  • Jamie Matthews
    • 1
  • Einar Thorsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Bournemouth UniversityBournemouthUK
  2. 2.Bournemouth UniversityBournemouthUK

About the editors

Jamie Matthews is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at Bournemouth University, UK.

Einar Thorsen is Professor of Journalism and Communication, and Deputy Dean of Research and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK.

Bibliographic information


“Jamie Matthews and Einar Thorsen have gathered together an excellent array of chapters from across the globe that will be of interest to scholars of journalism, disaster, development and politics.”

- Donald Matheson, Associate Professor of Media and Communication, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

“Decisively turning the table to focus on the local dimension of disaster journalism, this book offers the reader an impressive and comprehensive insight in media and journalism produced by and for disaster communities in today’s interconnected world.”

-Stijn Joye, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium