Media discourse analysis of a disaster according to the theoretical frameworks and concepts learned in the course to illustrate the functional dimension of language in shaping our understandings of disaster risk.

. Media discourse analysis of a disaster according to the theoretical frameworks and concepts
learned in the course to illustrate the functional dimension of language in shaping our
understandings of disaster risk. Option B will be divided into 5 main sections:
1. Choose a disaster and provide a description of the socio-cultural-historical context, including its
causes, the physical and social impacts, and vulnerabilities that contributed to or worsened
disaster experience.
2. Select 5-10 media reports (news articles) that were published about your chosen disaster during
and/or after the event.
3. These 5-10 media reports will constitute your team’s data, and with these data you must carry out
an analysis of how language in each article construes new values* through a number of linguistic
devices*. For this section, you must include a written analysis (paragraphs) of 10-14** examples
of language that represent at least 4 different linguistic devices, and in turn, construe at least 3
distinct news values.
4. Your team will provide a description of the implication of discursive framing on disaster
perception generally, and speculate (from your analysis) what the implications of framing have
been on perception as it relates to your chosen disaster (drawing on at least one course reference
from Weeks 5 or 6)
5. Finally, your team will draw on the way media framed your chosen disaster and apply Boholm’s
Relational Theory of Risk to explain how risk emerges through interaction and from situated
cognition
*Description and example outlined below
**10 examples if you submit individually; 14 examples if you submit as a twosome
The disaster chosen was Australian wildfires and part one is included in the upload files which has the sources used included as well as information that can be transfered onto this work.

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