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Humanitarian journalism today




Humanitarian need is at an all-time high, with ongoing crises in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and elsewhere. However, the news outlets that report on these issues are under huge pressures that include declining revenue, attacks from political elites, and the spectre of ‘fake news’.

This event is about the journalists who report on humanitarian crises today. It launches a major new report from Martin Scott, Kate Wright and Mel Bunce, The State of Humanitarian Journalism, based on four years of research. This report shows which news outlets report on humanitarian issues, how they frame their stories, and what audiences think about this news.

We are joined by a panel of leading journalists and media commentators to discuss the findings and their own experiences reporting on humanitarian crises.

This is followed by a screening of the celebrated documentary, ‘Another News Story’ about the journalists who reported on the 2015 ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe.

5pm-6.30pm: ‘The state of humanitarian journalism’ new research report and panel discussion, Room A130 College building

  • Josephine Schmidt, Executive Editor at IRIN, the world’s oldest humanitarian newswire
  • James Copnall, Newsday presenter, BBC World Service
  • Tom Law, Director of Campaigns and Communications, The Ethical Journalism Network
  • Stefanie Glinski, Freelance journalist and photographer, currently based in Afghanistan.

6.30pm - 7pm:  Refreshment break and move to University Building, Main Entrance

7pm - 8.15pm: Screening of ‘Another News Story’ (52mins), Room B200

  • Introduced by director Orban Wallace and producer Verity Wislocki

8:15pm: Reception, University Building, Main Entrance

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5.00pm - 8.00pmMonday 15th October 2018

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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