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The world is currently facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine. At the same time, our ability to learn about such crises is severely limited by the failure of the journalism business model. News organisations around the world are struggling to survive and often unable to provide in-depth public interest reporting.

This research project analyses humanitarian journalism at this important juncture. It draws on more than 150 interviews with humanitarian journalists, newsroom observations, extensive analysis of news content, and surveys of audiences. Using this data, we aim to paint a picture of the daily lives of humanitarian journalists and the political, economic and cultural forces that shape their work.

You can find further information about this project -including our latest research publications and blogs – on this site. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Dr Martin Scott
Martin.Scott@uea.ac.uk
@martinscott2010

Dr Melanie Bunce
melanie.bunce.1@city.ac.uk
@meljbunce

Dr Kate Wright
Kate.Wright@ed.ac.uk
@newsprof1

This research has been approved by the ethics committee at City University.

 

 

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"The orgs that publish crisis journalism have struggled to make it work financially, even if they’re nonprofits. The #NewHumanitarian hopes to buck that trend." @NiemanLab on the rise of @newhumanitarian (formerly IRIN News) and its drive for greater reach
https://t.co/8ZKiN4jFUX

This week saw some cork-popping 🍾 for the launch of The @NewHumanitarian. Reminded me of State of #Humanitarian Journalism report, highlighting importance of humanitarian news (most valued type of international news), but also its overall precarious state and big reporting gaps. https://t.co/NNRycv1cat

BIG Shout Out 2 Edinburgh's Sudanese Community (u kno who u r!) & to @RachelHosker1,KateWright @newsprof1/@africanstudies, Kirsty, Hannah, (+ Rowena @MorayHouseHoS) for helping us kickoff our 1st Sudan Studies group w/@SudanEdinburgh + @EdinburghUni
INSPIRED BY #SudanUprising 4