Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
Geosci. Commun., 2, 125–141, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2-125-2019
Geosci. Commun., 2, 125–141, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2-125-2019

Research article 15 Aug 2019

Research article | 15 Aug 2019

Seismic risk: the biases of earthquake media coverage

Maud H. Devès et al.

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Exploring a corpus of 320 888 news articles published by 32 worldwide newspapers in 2015, this paper shows the following: news covers a very small proportion of the total number of earthquakes occurring in a year; the duration of coverage is very short, which does not allow for proper coverage of long-term issues; and there is a typical framing of the news about earthquakes that introduces major biases in representation, impeding proper appropriation of the seismic risk by the public.
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