BOOK CHAPTER: The Politics of Humanitarian Journalism

In this chapter, we draw attention to the considerable gaps in our knowledge about humanitarian journalism. While there has been comprehensive research on the content of humanitarian news, an especially on the question of which crises receive coverage, there is limited scholarship on the production or reception of this journalism. In particular, we know little […]

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ARTICLE: The influence of foundation funding on international journalism

Abstract: How does donor funding affect the independence, role perceptions, and ideology of the journalism it supports? We begin to answer this increasingly important but under-researched question with a year-long case study of the humanitarian news organisation IRIN as it transitioned from being funded by the United Nations to a private foundation, run by a […]

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BOOK CHAPTER: ‘Doing good’ and ‘looking good’ in global humanitarian reporting

This chapter discusses the interaction of ‘looking good’ and ‘doing good’ in relation to the philanthropic funding of international non-profit journalism. Specifically, it investigates how a private donor’s apparent motivation to ‘look good’ – or to generate symbolic capital – interacted with a news organization’s ability to ‘do good’ – by producing what they saw […]

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Why Humanosphere’s hibernation matters – and what we can do about it

Published on: www.humanosphere.org. On 1st July, Humanosphere is taking a break – possibly never to return. Since 2010, they have been reporting daily on global health, aid and development issues for both mainstream and ‘insider’ audiences. In recent years, Humanosphere had expanded its staff and scope, in part, to demonstrate impact and ambition to potential […]

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Does the Daily Mail’s criticism of aid matter?

Published on: the Guardian. In the wake of the UK General election result, the assumption that British newspapers have a significant influence over their reader’s voting behaviours is being challenged. The results of a recent YouGov poll found that a majority (52%) of Sun readers didn’t vote last week and just 59% of those who […]

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What makes news humanitarian?

Martin Scott

April 21, 2017

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Published on: elpais.com. The dilemmas of reporting on suffering On April 4, horrible pictures of the suffering of victims of a chemical gas attack in Syria’s Idlib province seemingly moved US President Donald Trump to dramatically change his policy on Syria. Donald Trump himself claimed that, ‘the attack on children yesterday had a big impact […]

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How do we decide which humanitarian crises are under-reported?

Martin Scott

February 17, 2017

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Top 4, ‘top 10’ lists of neglected crises in 2016 According to the World Food Program, more than 20 million people risk dying from starvation within six months, in four separate famines. But as long as news attention is focussed elsewhere, these crises are unlikely to receive the support they need. Just yesterday, the UNHCR […]

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Is humanitarian journalism in crisis?

Martin Scott

October 29, 2016

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In many ways, 2016 was a bad year for humanitarian journalism. It saw the closure of several key news organisations and significant redundancies at others. The most widely reported was the closure of Al Jazeera America in April. According to their board, their business model was, ‘simply not sustainable in light of the economic challenges […]

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