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Journalism & Communication
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Three Media Artifacts: The Coverage and Reporting of the Beslan School Hostage Crisis Name Instructor Class 1 October 2013 Introduction At around 5:30 AM of September 1, 2004, an unknown fully-armed group seized Beslan’s School No. 1 in Beslan, Russia and took the school’s inhabitants as their hostages.
This essay aims to provide a timeline of important events and to describe and analyze three media artifacts that covered the Beslan school hostage crisis: 1) Peter Baker and Susan B. Glasser (2004)’s newspaper article that has an online version; 2) 48 Hours of CBS News’ video clip of the negotiation and release of some hostages; and 3) David Satter (2009)’s commentary, five years after the hostage incident. These media artifacts demonstrate some differences in how they labeled the hostage takers and similarities in their emotional rendering of the events, while one of them underscored that the blame of the crisis’ mishandling should be placed solely on the shoulders of the Russian government. Timeline of the Beslan Hostage Crisis On September 1, 2004, at around 5:30 am, a group of hostage takers seized Beslan’s School No. 1 and took hundreds of students, teachers, and parents as hostages. They exchanged fires with the police during that morning. Baker and Glasser (2004) described the hostage takers as “guerillas” or “fighters,” from Chechnya and other nations, while the Russian government called them “terrorists” (p.1). ...
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