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Can NGOs Do Journalism?
Understanding the Information
Work of Humanitarian and
Human Rights NGOs
Matthew Powers
Assistant ...
Debates
Argument 1 NGOs expand the
boundaries of journalism by providing
credible reporting from multiple
locales
Argument...
Methods
(1) Interview/Participant
Observation
(2) Content Analysis
(3) Historical Analysis
reports: 
1987: 0.7 per week 2013: 1.9 per week
press releases: 
1987: 15.2 per week 2013: 30 per week
staff size:
Amnesty...
Credible
Causal Stories
(1) Violation
(2) Violator
(3) Remedy
Takeaways
1) NGOs expand the boundaries
of journalism by providing
credible reporting from multiple
locales
2) NGO reporti...
Can NGOs Do Journalism?
Understanding the Information
Work of Humanitarian and
Human Rights NGOs
Matthew Powers
Assistant ...
Can NGOs Do Journalism?
Understanding the Information
Work of Humanitarian and
Human Rights NGOs
Matthew Powers
Assistant ...
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  1. 1. Can NGOs Do Journalism? Understanding the Information Work of Humanitarian and Human Rights NGOs Matthew Powers Assistant Professor Department of Communication University of Washington
  2. 2. Debates Argument 1 NGOs expand the boundaries of journalism by providing credible reporting from multiple locales Argument 2 NGOs threaten the autonomy of journalism and turn news media into a platform for advocacy.
  3. 3. Methods (1) Interview/Participant Observation (2) Content Analysis (3) Historical Analysis
  4. 4. reports:  1987: 0.7 per week 2013: 1.9 per week press releases:  1987: 15.2 per week 2013: 30 per week staff size: Amnesty, 1970: 14 Amnesty 2013: 125 HRW, 1987: 6  HRW 2013: 150 countries reported Amnesty 1978: 100 Amnesty 2013: 150 HRW: 1987: 50  HRW, 2013: 100
  5. 5. Credible Causal Stories (1) Violation (2) Violator (3) Remedy
  6. 6. Takeaways 1) NGOs expand the boundaries of journalism by providing credible reporting from multiple locales 2) NGO reporting shaped by need for a specific type of credible, causal story.
  7. 7. Can NGOs Do Journalism? Understanding the Information Work of Humanitarian and Human Rights NGOs Matthew Powers Assistant Professor Department of Communication University of Washington
  8. 8. Can NGOs Do Journalism? Understanding the Information Work of Humanitarian and Human Rights NGOs Matthew Powers Assistant Professor Department of Communication University of Washington

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