UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on a visit to Kibati IDP camp. Photo: Teun Voeten © Feb. 2009 Panos
Goma, North Kivu, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on a visit to Kibati IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp. Photo: Teun Voeten © Feb. 2009 Panos


Drawing on data from a 4 year study, including interviews with over 100 journalists, he shows that there are some ‘humanitarian journalists’ who work at the intersection of the fields of both humanitarianism and journalism.

The ‘thick boundary zone’ between these two fields offers these journalists a ‘space of opportunity’ (Eyal 2012) to experiment with different kinds of journalistic practices. As a result, they adopt some very different news values and role perceptions to most journalists. This has significant consequences for their coverage but also for the way in which journalists in general may report on humanitarian crises in future.

More about Martin Scott

Dr Martin Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Media and International Development in the School of International Development (DEV). He is author of Media and Development (Zed Books, 2014) and has written academic articles and book chapters on humanitarian news, foundation-funded journalism, representations of Africa, celebrities and development, audiences for international news and the role of popular culture in politics. He is currently the principal investigator of an AHRC funded research project on humanitarian journalism. Learn more ≫

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