Salmonella crisis in Alamosa media example for next Adams State faculty lecture

(10-08-2009)

The Adams State College Faculty Lecture Series next topic "Salamosa: Local News Coverage of Community Crises", by Dr. Mark Finney, assistant professor of mass communications, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130. The event is free and open to the public.

Using the opportunity of a small town crisis, this talk will explore crisis coverage in local newspapers. Comparing relevant theory with the practice of journalism in the Alamosa, Colo., Valley Courier, this content analysis suggests close relationships between media, government and business in small communities, contributing to coverage that veers away from journalism's best practices. The result is coverage that overlooks potentially important information about the crisis' causes and eschews journalism's watchdog and investigative responsibilities, while offering local elite sources significant degrees of power over the shape of the coverage. As national news coverage contracts, situations like this rise in prominence.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, assistant professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: rjastalos@adams.edu.