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The Great Irish Famine (1845 to 1852) took place just as major changes were taking place in the media. The coverage by Irish and international of the Famine had an influence on the media that shaped how catastrophes will be covered for the next century or more.
Foley, Michael (2014). The Great Irish Famine and the Development of Journalism. ECREA’S (European Communication Research Association) fifth Communications Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 12- 15 November.