Who’s reporting Africa now? NGOs, journalism and multimedia (Book)

By Kate Wright (@newsprof1). As news organisations cut correspondent posts and foreign bureaus, aid agencies, human rights groups and other NGOs have been swift to move in. Indeed, NGO-workers are now some of the most important providers of African coverage: regularly creating or commissioning multimedia for placement in mainstream news. But why and how do journalists use the images and video that NGOs provide? How does this change the kinds of stories that are told about Africa? And what effects has NGOs’ shift into news production had on journalism and NGO-work?

Kate Wright’s new book is the first to analyse what happens outside the emergency fundraising appeals, which others have studied. Her unique access to NGOs and news outlets was secured by her unusual positioning: as a scholar, an award-winning international news journalist, and a former consultant on media ethics for Oxfam, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Recommendations from this study have been adopted by NGOs and UN agencies, as well as having influenced ideas of best practice at the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Criminal Court.

Wright, K. (2018) Who’s reporting Africa now? is Published by Peter Lang and is available to buy now.

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