Many publications want to improve diversity and inclusion in their newsrooms – others, like The New Humanitarian’s, want to go even further to decolonize our journalism. For this discussion, we’ll share what we’ve learned in our ongoing journey of decolonising our journalism and discuss with a number of colleagues from across the media space who will share their experiences.
The New Humanitarian is an independent, non-profit newsroom reporting from the heart of conflict, disasters and other crises. While most newsrooms fail to adequately represent their audiences and the people they serve, this is particularly true in coverage of humanitarian news. Conflict, disasters, climate change, epidemics, refugees and famine are all topics that tend to see higher rates of parachute and “white saviour” journalism and that often reflect only the worst of a society’s reality. We want to do things differently and lead by example in doing so.
The audience will come out of this session with a better understanding of what decolonising media coverage means and ideas for how to get started doing it, from the organisational level to individual.
Organised in association with The New Humanitarian.