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

Blog

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

Blog

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

Blog

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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Looking forward to going to @MediaComGold to speak on 24 Jan w/ @nickswicks, @ElizaTalks, Omega Douglas and Aaron Akinyemi. Media Forum: Reporting Africa https://t.co/Dzj0atTcH8 via @goldsmithsuol

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