Industry tips #7 – Developing world aid and the media

1 04 2011

By Dale Sean McEwan

Picture courtesy of frontlineblogger

London’s Frontline Journalism Club held a talk on January 25 this year on the subject of aid and the media.

In the words of the Frontline Club, “the talk exams the often troubled relationship between the media and aid agencies. With an expert panel we will be discussing how the media and aid agencies work together and the problems that arise.

“Extensive humanitarian disasters attract a large amount of media attention whilst smaller and on going disasters often go unreported. Should the media be more receptive to aid agencies that try to bring attention to these causes? Or should aid agencies be more PR driven and utilise new media in order to attract the media spotlight?”

The event was chaired by Mark Galloway, director of the International Broadcasting Trust, an educational and media charity which works on a range of projects to promote media coverage of the developing world.

Also on the panel were:

Andrew Hogg, Christian Aid news/campaigns editor and former news editor of the Sunday Times and Observer and was editor of The Sunday Times Insight investigative unit.

Benjamin Chesterton, radio documentary and photofilm producer, co-founder of the production company duckrabbit and the website A Developing Story.

Fran Unsworth, head of BBC newsgathering.

Michael Green, an independent writer and consultant who was director of communications at DFID from 2003 to 2007 and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism and The Road From Ruin.

Here’s a link to the video:


How an online video can lead to “Scummiest CEO of the Year Award”

31 03 2011









By Richard Dodwell


We’re all aware of how the internet can cause controversy. This video here is a good example, featuring the shocking butchering of a “problem elephant” in Zimbabwe that has been criticised by PETA.


Although uploaded as a personal item, it demonstrates how news can be generated from  online video even though they weren’t intended for that purpose.

The video then prompted a petition at which called the video a “gruesome elephant snuff film” and has since gained 2,000 signatures.

Bob Parsons released a rather colourful video blog in response. An example which would understandably render any newbie video blogger a little more skeptical/ashamed of the true purpose of online video. I was one of them. However, I understand that even tasteless online video can actually serve as a form of online video self-regulation it itself. With increased hits and circulation, people form an opinion of what is right and what is wrong. We form the moral codes of the internet for ourselves.

Without a designated regulatory body such as Ofcom, it is the global internet audience who are the true regulators of what we watch on the internet.

Industry tips #5 – Voices of Africa mobile video journalism (part 2)

31 03 2011

By Dale Sean McEwan

Kampala: co-wives fight, public watches.

Kampala: man slips and dies.

Kampala: man punches wife live on mobile.

Voices of Africa

Industry tips #4 – Voices of Africa mobile video journalism (part 1)

30 03 2011

By Dale Sean McEwan

Voices of Africa.

Video: man batters wife live on mobile.

Voices of Africa mobile reporters currently under training.

In mobile phone journalism, Africa is ahead of the west (Guardian article).

Voices of Africa