Immediacy and Journalistic Authority For Reporting Environmental Disasters: Case Study Of 2022 Floods Of Pakistan
Keywords:News channels, breaking news, flood reporting, newsrooms, news organizations
Real-time journalism is informing the public about the pace of the event that is happening. The story changes as time passes. It is playing with the nerves of the people as at that time the media is the only source of information and people are compelled to believe it. In the case of flood reporting and the reporting of the flood-affected areas makes the people of that area attentive and ready to take action upon the instructions of the media. In such a situation, as and when any single news channel tries to break the news of any emergency. Panic has been created in the target area and the people of that particular area try to escape from that area because they don’t know the volume of water coming in in such a situation many lives have expired due to the panic situation. The more dangerous is that the other news channels also follow the first line and start exaggerating the activity of that area and this becomes more dangerous because the people of target areas get frightened, and this makes their lives miserable. For this research, we have selected five Pakistani news channels during the 2022 flood in Pakistan. We will analyze the one-month highly flood season news reporting of these channels i.e. July 16 to August 15, 2022, how much news they break, and whether there was a need to flash that news as breaking news.