Does the Daily Mail’s criticism of aid matter?

Martin Scott

January 26, 2018

Blog

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). Originally 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 […]

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Book Review: Caring in Crisis? Humanitarianism, the Public and NGOs

Martin Scott

January 24, 2018

Blog

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). According to United Nations, the world is currently experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine. Given this, how do non-affected publics respond to images and information about such suffering and what shapes these responses? Whilst […]

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The influence of foundation funding on international journalism (Article)

Martin Scott

September 18, 2017

Publication

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). 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, […]

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‘Doing good’ and ‘looking good’ in global humanitarian reporting (Book chapter)

Martin Scott

September 16, 2017

Publication

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). This chapter investigates if and how a private donor’s apparent motivation to ‘look good’ – or to generate symbolic capital – interacts with a news organization’s ability to ‘do good’ by producing public service content. We address this issue by reporting on the findings of a year-long study of the online […]

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The politics of humanitarian journalism (Book chapter)

Martin Scott

September 14, 2017

Publication

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). 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 […]

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

Martin Scott

July 2, 2017

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By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). Originally 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 […]

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What makes news humanitarian?

Martin Scott

April 21, 2017

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By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). Originally 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 […]

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

Martin Scott

February 17, 2017

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By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). 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 reported that, two months into the […]

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Is humanitarian journalism in crisis?

Martin Scott

October 29, 2016

Blog

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). 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 […]

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Kevin Merkelz, DEV Alumni from 2013, who works as a Humanitarian Aid Worker for the UN, shares his expirence of working in camp management during emergency responses. #WID18 #ueadev

Fantastic internship opportunities at humanitarian news org @irinnews please pass on to journalism students & graduates https://t.co/QW93018iRZ