Title

Industry Crises and External Communications during a W.Va. Coal Mine Disaster: Theoretical and Practical Implications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2011

College/Unit

Reed College of Media

Department/Program/Center

Reed College of Media

Abstract

This exploratory case study examines the crisis communication activities of International Coal Group during and after the 2006 Sago, WV, coal mine disaster that captured national attention for its drama and for the erroneous news reports that 12 men had survived, when actually 12 had perished. The findings were compared to a previous study of the authors', which examined another company's crisis communication activities in a 1968 coal mine disaster.

Source Citation

Stewart, Bonnie and Martinelli, Diana (May 2011). “Industry Crises and External Communications during a W.Va. Coal Mine Disaster: Theoretical and Practical Implications,” in Men, L. R. and Dodd, M. D. (Eds.). Pushing the Envelope in Public Relations Theory and Research and Advancing Practice (Proceedings of the 14th International Public Relations Research Conference), Miami, Florida, March 2011, 826–841.

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