Abstract

Personal experience narratives are staples of newspaper reporting. Though the stories are elicited, summarized, and retold in the third person as community experience narratives, they retain their power to make sense of experience and to bind readers into a symbolic community. This study examines coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco newspapers to explore some of the methodological and ethical issues that confront reporters and folklorists who elicit and inscribe personal experience narratives.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-1882
Print ISSN
0021-8715
Pages
pp. 159-175
Launched on MUSE
2003-05-22
Open Access
No
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