Faculty study social media coverage of typhoon disaster

Bruno Takahashi

Bruno Takahashi

Knight Center Research Director Bruno Takahashi is examining how journalists used social media to cover last November’s typhoon in the Philippines.

The study is called “Social media uses in the face of disasters: An exploration of journalistic practices among media and communities impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.”

He is collaborating with Edson Tandoc, an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, who is now in Tacloban City conducting interviews for the project.

The researchers are also working on a content analysis of tweets about the disaster.

Their work is supported by a recent grant from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder.