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How not to write about humanitarian work

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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MissionCreep #8: Altruism, grants and Taylor Swift

Been feeling bored during your commute lately? You’re in luck! Brendan Rigby, Carly Stephan and Weh Yeoh are back with fresh and frank voices in global development.

In episode 8 of MissionCreep, we take an honest look at the selfish reasons for working in development, including the stupid foreigner moment, and the trouble with the grant application process. Plus, Taylor Swift recreates colonial Africa, and nobody’s too happy about it.

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