ISSN 1556-6757







Volume 4, Issue 1, 2011

A Small Town Newspaper and a Metropolitan Newspaper Report on a Deadly Virus: A Content Analysis of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918.
Roger Heinrich

The Spanish flu pandemic that swept the world in 1918 was the most devastating epidemic in recorded history. In the United States, ten times the number of people died from influenza than those Americans who were killed in action on the battlefields of World War I. This paper examines the coverage of the influenza pandemic by two newspapers, The New York Times and the Knoxville (Tennessee) Journal-Tribune, to determine which paper carried more local stories of the pandemic, which paper speculated as to the cause of the pandemic, what sources each paper used for quotes in their coverage, which paper was more likely to include the names of victims, number of deaths and the number of front page stories that were devoted to reporting on the pandemic to determine whether journalists of nearly 100-years ago held the same standards of reporting that journalists of the 21st Century attempt to abide by. Full Article


Living like a prisoner: documenting the Bihari community’s experiences of crime and insecurity in Bangladesh.  Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Mrinmoy Samadder

The Bihari i.e. non-local, Urdu speaking, non – Bangali community, consists of people who migrated from neighboring country-India and were opposed to the emergence of Bangladesh. It is now a stranded community in Bangladesh and attracted much attention after Bangladesh gained independence in 1971. The paper documents different forms of experience of crime and insecurity that several Bihari camps have encountered, including human rights violations, sexual harassment, denial of citizenship, and oppression by law enforcement agencies. The study applied qualitative methods. The study revealed Biharis are excluded from mainstream society and most development initiatives, leading to a situation of humanitarian crisis.  Full Article