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    Dear journalists, we want to be more honest with you. For starters, don’t call us charities (guest blog)

Dear journalists, we want to be more honest with you. For starters, don’t call us charities (guest blog)

Simon O’Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps makes the case for a new relationship between NGOs and the media, one which starts by acknowledging the complexity of their work. 

Yumbe is about as far north and west in Uganda as it is possible to go. A dozen years ago I worked in this part of Africa, and I went back there […]

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    Drowning in social media: does real engagement happen offline?

Drowning in social media: does real engagement happen offline?

LSE MsC student Jill Russo reflects on a visit from Carine Valleau, founder of Stories for Humanity

Gone are the days of the “Letter to the Editor”, of audience participation relegated to a few heavily-curated inches of print. Today it’s possible to consume content online and immediately comment on it, to engage in constructive dialogue (or bitter barb-swapping) with writers, […]

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    ‘Africa’ in the media: between starving children and smiling children

‘Africa’ in the media: between starving children and smiling children

By LSE MSc student Daniel Mebarek-Daza

Stories and images of hunger, conflict and underdevelopment have for long functioned as metonyms of Africa: a continent of vast ethnic, linguistic and geographical diversity. These narratives have reinforced the reductionist discourse of Africa as a site of monolith suffering, permanent crisis and hopelessness. Perhaps one of the most pronounced images to emerge from […]

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Why we need coverage of suffering

This article is by Polis Summer School student Sara Hodgkins (@shodgkinss)

Just Because You Don’t Like It Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Happening: Why We Need Coverage of Suffering

Suffering. A hard, difficult word. My classmates grimace at the thought of the images we are about to be shown – a young boy with a bloodied skull running through chaotic streets, a […]

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Communicating suffering: where do you draw the line?

This article is by Polis Summer School student Alyssa Block on the guest talk by Polly Markandya, Head of Communications at Medecins Sans Frontieres

Polly Markandya @ Polis Summer School 2015 from Polis Video on Vimeo.

Which issues do media organizations select for portrayal, and which do they ignore, and what does this selection bias say about the news media culture […]

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