• Teacher as a Hero in Tragedy: An Analysis of Newspaper Coverage of the Parkland School Shooting and the Sewol Ferry Disaster

    Author(s):
    Sookyeong Hong Linda Kean
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanists, Feminist Humanities, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Communications, Journalism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Florida school shooting, hero, news, newspaper, Sewol ferry, Teacher, Tragedy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/mrj0-9670
    Abstract:
    Unfortunately, tragedies occur all around the world every day. It is perceived by many as particularly devastating when children are the victims of the tragedy. When these events do occur, the media is likely to cover them in part due to the innocence and vulnerability of the victims. In reading media accounts of tragedies involving children, we often hear stories of bravery and heroism on the part of teachers. Teachers’ images in the media are not always positive, but their capacity to serve as heroes can be seen in the coverage of these tragic events. Campbell discusses the hero monomyth in terms of separation, initiation, and return. In this vein, we look at the stories of hero teachers before, during, and after two specific incidents in order to conduct a comparative, cross-cultural study. We consider two tragic incidents in two different countries—the sinking of the Sewol ferry in South Korea in 2014 and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. In this research, we look at media accounts of three hero teachers in each incident and make comparisons from a sociocultural perspective through the lens of a hero narrative.
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