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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 Sixteen: ‘Power in my Pocket’: How Mobile Citizen Reporting Challenges Digital Elitism


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‘Power in my Pocket’

How Mobile Citizen Reporting Challenges Digital Elitism


News of emergencies, conflict, and major international events has traditionally been reported by foreign correspondents, based abroad where the action happens. Reports back—originally via telegram, then phone and now email—have seen British journalists based in bureau in the Americas, Asia, and Africa for decades (Sambrook, 2010).

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