By Christine Ro
Debate is raging over the terms “refugee” and “migrant,” as part of the heated discussion on how best to assist the many displaced people arriving in Europe. This is the latest controversy, and a particularly tragic one, in a series of disputes showing the links among language, perception and policy.
Continue reading The language of development – and the bigger picture
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.
Continue reading How not to write about humanitarian work