By Brendan Rigby & Tobias Denskus
Under the headline “Violinist to volunteer: Medecins Sans Frontieres work in war-torn Africa life-changing for Adelaide nurse” Brett Williamson wrote a questionable piece of humanitarian journalism for Australia’s ABC News.
It is so bad it can almost serve as a template for journalism students on how not to write a piece on humanitarian aid and international development.
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Humanitarian and development practitioners have often treated their world weariness with a combination of alcohol, cynicism or despair. Travel on enough missions or work in too many disaster relief contexts, and resisting the Dark Side can be an uphill battle. While advocates such as the likes of Bono and events such as the Global Citizen Festival preach humanity, goals and foreign aid, you’re stuck writing logframes and in uncoordinated cluster meetings, just trying to make it through to R&R.
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