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Who's Reporting Africa Now?

Non-Governmental Organizations, Journalists, and Multimedia

Kate Wright

As news organizations cut correspondent posts and foreign bureaux, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have begun to expand into news reporting. Why and how do journalists use the photographs, video, and audio that NGOs produce? What effects does this have on the kinds of stories told about Africa? And how have these developments changed the nature of journalism and NGO-work?

Who’s Reporting Africa Now?: Non-Governmental Organizations, Journalists, and Multimedia is the first book to address these questions—using frank interviews and internal documents to shed light on the workings of major news organizations and NGOs, collaborating with one another in specific news production processes. These contrasting case studies are used to illuminate the complex moral and political economies underpinning such journalism, involving not only NGO press officers and journalists but also field workers, freelancers, private foundations, social media participants, businesspeople, and advertising executives.

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Figure 4.1. Malians displaced by fighting, photographed by Tom Pilston for Christian Aid

Figure 4.2. Malian villager, photographed by Tom Pilston for Christian Aid

Figure 5.1. Bosco Ntaganda screengrab from Channel 4 News report

Figure 5.2. Kiwanja still from Channel 4 News report

Figure 7.1. Darfuri refugees depicted by E/Internews

Figure 8.1. Bring Zack Back Home campaign photo ←vii | viii→ ←viii | ix→

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