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Humanitarianism, Communications and Change


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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Chapter Three: From Buerk to Ushahidi: Changes in TV Reporting of Humanitarian Crises


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From Buerk to Ushahidi

Changes in TV Reporting of Humanitarian Crises


Thirty years on, Michael Buerk’s 1984 report of famine in Ethiopia is still seen as an iconic example of TV journalism. For a while, it was the “biggest” story ever broadcast in terms of global audience and impact—and Buerk and his cameraman Mo Amin, who was later killed in an aircraft hijacking, became the most famous TV news team in the world.

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