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: Slack, virtual newsrooms and journalistic practice

Mel Bunce

September 15, 2017


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Abstract Virtual newsrooms are widely seen as having huge potential: enabling journalists around the world to pool their knowledge, skills and perspectives within joint projects, such as the Panama Papers. These virtual newsrooms are supported by Online Collaborative Software (OCS), the most popular of which is Slack. But although many of the world’s top news […]

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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: What is Humanitarian Journalism?

The chapter, ‘‘What is Humanitarian Journalism?’ (Bunce, Wright and Scott) is forthcoming (2018) in The Oxford University Press Handbook of Journalism (Ornebring, H. (ed.)).

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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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