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Humanitarianism, Communications and Change


Edited By Simon Cottle and Glenda Cooper

Humanitarianism, Communications and Change is the first book to explore humanitarianism in today’s rapidly changing media and communications environment. Based on the latest academic thinking alongside a range of professional, expert and insider views, the book brings together some of the most authoritative voices in the field today. It examines how the fast-changing nature of communications throws up new challenges but also new possibilities for humanitarian relief and intervention. It includes case studies deployed in recent humanitarian crises, and significant new communication developments including social media, crisis mapping, SMS alerts, big data and new hybrid communications. And against the backdrop of an increasingly globalized and threat-filled world, the book explores how media and communications, both old and new, are challenging traditional relations of communication power.


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266 | contributors ship and Civic Selves; The Ironic Spectator. Solidarity in the Age of Post-human- itarianism. Paul Conneally, Head of Corporate Communications ITU—International Telecommunication Union (UN’s specialized agency for information and communication technology). Paul is a former journalist who moved to the In- ternational Red Cross in 1995 where he remained for 16 years, working in me- dia and communications as well as partnerships, development, and operations. During this time he worked with the telecommunications sector to develop two-way communications systems during disasters with a specific emphasis on leveraging high mobile penetration rates and engaging disaster-affected communities. Glenda Cooper is a lecturer in journalism at City University London and a PhD researcher at the university’s Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism. Before that she was a journalist working at the national level for over a decade at organisations, including the BBC, the Independent, Daily Mail, Washington Post, and the Daily Telegraph. She is the editor of The Future of Humanitarian Reporting. You may contact her at Simon Cottle is Professor of Media and Communications, Head of School and Director of the Mediatized Conflict Research Group in the School of Jour- nalism, Media and Cultural Studies ( JOMEC), Cardiff University. His latest books are Disasters and the Media (co-author), Transnational Protests and the Media (co-editor), and Global Crisis Reporting: Journalism in the Global Age. He is currently writing with colleagues Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Killings, Intimidation and Security and researching the history of violence and commu- nications. He may be...

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