Keeping empathy alive: New media and storytelling on disasters

I delivered a presentation today at a workshop organized by South Asian Women in Media looking at media coverage of disasters. In the first part, heavily influenced by Nicholas Kristof’s Advice for Saving the World, I suggested story ideas and angles better able to generate and vitally, sustain, audience interest in disasters and their aftermath.

In the second part, I used my own experience in using new media to cover humanitarian disasters to flag new tools, platforms and techniques vital to journalists. I also noted how journalists could now avail themselves of a plethora of web and mobile based technologies to get, disseminate, archive information on and sustain interest in disasters and crises.

The presentation is available as a full colour, high resolution PDF here.

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