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Coverage of extreme weather events and natural hazards in Pacific Island Countries

Volume 24, Issue 1

July, 2018

From page
87
to page
101
Singh, S., & Naidu, V. (2018). Coverage of extreme weather events and natural hazards in Pacific Island Countries. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 24(1), 87-101. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v24i1.422
The need for media capacity-building
Author(s): Vijay Naidu, Shailendra Singh
Publication date: 
July, 2018

There would be little disagreement over the media’s crucial role in reporting extreme weather events and natural hazards, which have become more commonplace in Pacific Island Countries (PICs). However, for various reasons explored in this article, the media have generally failed to satisfactorily cover the unfolding of natural hazards and disasters. Using Fiji as an example, this article discusses media coverage of various cyclones, and the gaps in the reporting. The article argues that more training and capacity building for media personnel should be undertaken to ensure that people are well informed and prepared as they face the brunt of more frequent and intense extreme weather events.

https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v24i1.422