Journalists in the Humanitarian World: Can Media Be a Help or a Hindrance?
A discussion between media and humanitarian CSOs on new ways of working together. How can news media play a central role in mitigating the effects of humanitarian input in their countries and communities? As the recent pandemic has proven, the proactive response and cooperation of news outlets and journalists is crucial during a crisis. Layers of misinformation coming from social media, individuals, and governments have led to panic, confusion, and avoidable harm in many places. Already repressive governments have justified new attacks on personal freedom and human rights. This range of outcomes requires critical and solutions-oriented ideas to access evidence, explain complexities clearly, and represent the many new and previously hidden realities emerging in communities around the world. Journalists and humanitarians have the opportunity to effect change-but how can they work together? Using the learning lab, journalists and humanitarians will discuss effective ways they've collaborated that has had the most impact and has been able to effect change.