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An Aysis of News Reporting Pattern on a Socio-technical Disaster: A Case of Hydrofluoric Acid Leak in Gumi

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2014, 10(11), pp.21-53
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Kim Hyun Jeong 1 Han, Miejeong 2

1상지대학교
2한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examined media reporting to analyze how government agencies responded to a socio-technical disaster happened in Gumi when hydrofluoric acid was leaked in a factory in September 2012. 1832 newspaper articles were content analyzed, and the results indicated that the leak was attributed the most frequently on organizational or personal failure rather than on insufficient prevention measures. In the highest frequency, the information was structured in a way that the government agencies were responsible for the accident. Progressive newspapers included in the current analysis showed frames of responsibility more frequently than conservative or neutral ones. Also local newspapers heavily dealt with the accident in responsibility frames toward government agencies. However, little about compensation and follow-up treatment measures were reported whereas much more on sources of responsibility was covered in the papers. It also showed a critical tendency of the Korean media and that reporting on perspectives about such a socio-technical disaster and problem solutions and preventive measures was rarely found.

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