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Will crisis reporting survive?

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Heba Aly

the media is in crisis. It is becoming increasingly difficult to finance qualitative investigative journalism. Certainly when it comes to subjects that take place farther away, such as war, conflict and humanitarian crises. What consequences does this have for how people and policy makers think and act upon these topics? How can we support independent, responsible journalism about the most critical global challenges of our time? <br />
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At a time of fake news and serious global challenges like migration, climate change and the war in Syria, independent, quality journalism is needed to make sense of a complex world. Yet the media industry is in crisis. Reporting about international issues has declined steadily in recent decades. There is hardly funding to do real investigative reporting, giving space to the complexity on the ground. To ensure coverage of humanitarian crises, NGOs and journalists often become more dependent on each other, which raises risks around the independence of the journalism. According to a recent consumer survey among people working or interested in the humanitarian aid, the mainstream media coverage of humanitarian crises is &lsquo;selective, sporadic, simplistic and partial&rsquo;.<br />
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Join this debate on the ethics and viability of crisis reporting in a divided world, and how to support independent, responsible journalism about some of the most critical issues of our time.<br />
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Heba Aly, editor-of-chief of The New Humanitarian, gives a keynote speech on the value of independent, qualitative crisis reporting. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Dutch journalists, funders and aid workers. What are the consequences of the lack of funding on how Dutch readers and policy makers read about and act upon conflict and crises? What is the role of journalists in reporting on humanitarian crises? And how can we make sure that crisis reporting remains independent of and critical on the work of aid organisations?<br />
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Keynote speaker<br />
Heba Aly is the Editor-of-Chief of The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News), an independent, non-profit newsroom reporting from the heart of conflicts and disasters. TNH amplifies the voices of those affected by conflict and disasters, to inform more effective and accountable responses by the international community. Heba Aly was named by New African Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018. In 2018, the World Economic Forum named Heba one of 100 Young Global Leaders under 40. For her work she has been reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. She received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for work in northern Sudan. Her recent TEDx Talk &ndash; &ldquo;Stop Eating Junk News&rdquo; &ndash; drives home the importance of responsible journalism from crisis zones.

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