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NGOs and the News

The past decade has seen dramatic changes in the information and communication environment. Parameters as to who has access to information gathering and dissemination have altered rapidly and irreversibly. Civil society actors such as NGOs and advocacy networks are becoming increasingly significant players as the traditional news media model is threatened by shrinking audiences, the availability of free content online, and the declining fortunes of mainstream media. To what extent do NGOs take on functions as information intermediaries, working in cooperation with, or even in the stead of, traditional news organizations? Are we witnessing a general trend, or do NGOs fulfill specific purposes in times of crisis or critical events that focus attention on a specific (international) topic? And what are the consequences of this for the fields of advocacy and journalism?

This essay series, organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, seeks to examine these critical questions from a variety of perspectives, and encourage discussion and deliberation on what these changes mean for NGOs, traditional media outlets, news consumers, and society as a whole.

Monroe Price, Libby Morgan, and Kristina Klinkforth    November 9, 2009
Kimberly Abbott    November 9, 2009
Simon Cottle and David Nolan    November 16, 2009
Natalie Fenton    November 23, 2009
Lokman Tsui    December 7, 2009
Larry Kirkman and Laurie Moy    December 14, 2009
Glenda Cooper    December 21, 2009
Ethan Zuckerman    January 19, 2010
Denise Searle    February 1, 2010
Laura McGann    March 17, 2010
Laura McGann    March 18, 2010
Laura McGann    March 19, 2010
Laura McGann    March 22, 2010
Laura McGann    March 29, 2010
Laura McGann    March 30, 2010
Joshua Benton    May 12, 2010