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Global humanitarianism and the changing aid-media field: "Everyone was dying for footage"

Cottle, Simon ORCID: and Nolan, David 2007. Global humanitarianism and the changing aid-media field: "Everyone was dying for footage". Journalism Studies 8 (6) , pp. 862-878. 10.1080/14616700701556104

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The crucial interaction between humanitarian agencies and the media has been researched in the past but today it continues to evolve and change—and not for the better. This article, drawing on accounts from communications managers working inside the world's major aid agencies (Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, World Vision, CARE and Médecins sans Frontières), examines how communication strategies designed to raise awareness, funds and support have assimilated to today's pervasive “media logic”. In the increasingly crowded and competitive field of humanitarian agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) now seek to “brand” themselves in the media; they purposefully use celebrities and produce regionalized and personalized “media packages” to court media attention; and they reflexively expend time and resources warding off increased risks of mediated scandals. In such ways, aid agencies have become increasingly embroiled in the practices and predilections of the global media and can find their organizational integrity impugned and communication aims compromised. These developments imperil the very ethics and project of global humanitarianism that aid agencies historically have done so much to promote.

Item Type: Article
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: aid agencies, global humanitarianism, media logic, mediated scandal, organizational branding, reflexivity, risk
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1469-9699
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:40

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