Attitudes towards humanitarian news within the aid sector: Survey results

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). How do those involved with or interested in the aid sector view media coverage of humanitarian issues globally? What are their main sources of news and information and how useful do they find them? What impact, if any, does news coverage have on their work? We worked with IRIN News to […]

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Who are the intermediaries for international news? Five key questions answered

By Martin Scott (@martinscott2010). The role of non-profit intermediaries in supporting international news has been the subject of growing discussion recently. In January, the International Reporting Project (IRP) announced that it would be closing after 20 years. In an article for Columbia Journalism Review, IRP’s deputy director Glendora Meikle described this as a consequence of […]

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Combining humanitarian and solutions journalism: Q&A with BRIGHT Magazine’s founder

Tom Murphy

February 2, 2018

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By Tom Murphy (@viewfromthecave) A humanitarian-focused online magazine launched in late 2017 and may prove that there is a model for an independent news organization to thrive in a shrinking media landscape. Bright Magazine got its start as two news verticals for the blogging platform Medium. Founder Sarika Bansal helmed The Development Set, focused on […]

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Does the Daily Mail’s criticism of aid matter?

Martin Scott

January 26, 2018

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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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The BBC World Service’s coverage of humanitarian crises

Max Slaughter

January 25, 2018

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By Max Slaughter (@maxslaughter). Mainstream news organisations are regularly criticised for either under-reporting or completely omitting humanitarian crises from their coverage. Research recently published by Care International showed that 1/3 of people in need of aid in 2017 received only 2.5% of media coverage. In order to investigate these criticisms further, we have been analysing […]

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

Martin Scott

January 24, 2018

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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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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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How does donor funding influence humanitarian journalism?

JonEilenberg

May 18, 2017

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By Jon Eilenberg. Humanitarian reporting has never been lucrative, and with the ongoing decline in budgets and the squeezing of newsrooms resources, news organisations have had to explore new sources of funding. One way of addressing this issue is through foundation funding, but with this comes discussions regarding donor influence. However, this is an under-researched […]

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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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This “working paper” is BAD bad BAD & irresponsible to cover it in the press. Alternate title - what economists get wrong about communication & political science: a case study https://t.co/nzT7phjQhu

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