The Humanitarian Journalism project is seeking to better understand how the news media report on humanitarian crises and what shapes their coverage.

Attitudes towards humanitarian news within the aid sector: Survey results

Martin Scott

May 1, 2018

Blog

How do those involved with or interested in the aid sector view media coverage of humanitarian issues globally?

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Who are the intermediaries for international news? (Blog)

Martin Scott

March 2, 2018

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This explainer answers five key questions about the role of intermediaries for international journalism.

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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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Caring in Crisis? Humanitarianism, the Public and NGOs (Book review)

Martin Scott

January 24, 2018

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This book makes an important and well-evidenced contribution

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Why Humanosphere’s hibernation matters (Blog)

Martin Scott

July 2, 2017

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Humanosphere is one of a desperately small number of outlets regularly covering humanitarian affairs

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How does donor funding influence humanitarian journalism?

JonEilenberg

May 18, 2017

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This study strongly suggests that it is not just a simple case of the donor playing the tune that news organisations follow.

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What makes news humanitarian?

Martin Scott

April 21, 2017

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Answering such questions is important for disentangling some of the various dilemmas and tensions journalists face

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

Martin Scott

February 17, 2017

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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.

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Media decline is damaging deeply divided societies - can we 'build back better' after Covid 19?

Today we publish material from our international media conference drawing lessons on this question, including from Northern Ireland where the event took place: http://bit.ly/SCIMedia

FFS. Tom Meighan from Kasabian assaulted his girlfriend in a "sustained attack", dragged her back into the house by her ankles and a terrified kid dialled 999 - and he gets community service. What sort of message does that send out about domestic abuse and women's safety?