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Reporting Crises – How the Media, Relief Agencies and the Government Determine Humanitarian Response

The purpose of this series is to analyze trends in media coverage of world-wide humanitarian crises and the impact this coverage has on government policies, relief operations, and ultimately on the victims of the crises. This analysis is intended to lead to practical solutions for improving both working relationships among responders and the response itself to international crises — arriving at a common understanding which can help all parties find common cause in responding to crises. The series will review the roles that NGOs, media, the U.N. and the government play in putting issues on the international agenda and how their work impacts on the collective response – and on each other. These seminars will stimulate a dialogue among veteran, experienced participants on the challenges that journalists, relief agencies and governments face in responding to emergencies. This series will continue throughout the year and draw from ideas brought forward by the participants in shaping the issues and concepts to be addressed.

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Panel 1: Challenges Confronting Journalists & Media Organizations


Randy Martin

Director for Partnership Development, East Asia - Mercy Corps

Panel 2: The Role of Communications in Responding to Humanitarian Crises


RADM Frank Thorp

USN, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Joint Communication)


Rena Pederson

Senior Advisor, Office of the Under-Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy

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