NGOs and the News: Exploring a Changing Communications Landscape

Civic Action,Development Policy20 Nov 2009Janelle Ward

Here’s a recent press release that The Broker readers may be interested in:

The Center for Global Communication Studies is pleased to announce the launch of an online essay series on NGOs and the News: Exploring a Changing Communications Landscape.

The series, produced in collaboration with the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, seeks to explore the increasing activity of civil society actors such as NGOs and advocacy networks and in the news media sphere.

To what extent do NGOs take on functions as information intermediaries, working in cooperation with, or even in the stead of, traditional news organizations? And what are the consequences of this for the fields of advocacy and journalism?

Each week, for the next three months, we will feature a new essay on the subject. An essay by Kimberly Abbott, of the International Crisis Group, opened the series. This week we read an essay by Simon Cottle of the Cardiff School of Journalism and David Nolan of the University of Melbourne. And next week we will hear from Natalie Fenton at Goldsmiths, University of London.

We invite you to join in the discussion and encourage others to do so as well. Please visit the essay site to read the essays and post comments. If you are interested in contributing an essay, please contact me at the email address below.

These essays are part of a larger project supported by the Ford Foundation.