25 April 2019

Tip: News Sources

Source: WikiMedia Commons
How does one keep up with the news? While I do include media references in many of my posts, I never intended for this blog to be a resource for all the latest news since there are so many other great reporting services available. I have listed a handful below, all of which provide global coverage.

But first, some news about two news services:
- Two years after its launch, Refugees Deeply has been discontinued due to resource constraints. Visitors can continue to read its in-depth reporting, insightful analysis and commentary.
- The longstanding humanitarian news service IRIN recently re-branded itself as "The New Humanitarian." Read this Q&A on the Humanitarian News Research Network for more information.

News services:

All the major media outlets report on humanitarian and migration developments. However, some news agencies focus more exclusively on these issues, including:
InterPress Service News Agency: Serves as a "communication channel that privileges the voices and the concerns of the poorest and creates a climate of understanding, accountability and participation around development, promoting a new international information order between the South and the North."
- The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN): "An independent, non-profit newsroom reporting from the heart of conflicts, disasters and other crises."
- Thomson Reuters Foundation News (formerly AlertNet): "Our global editorial team...covers the world’s under-reported stories at the heart of aid, development, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, climate change and social innovation."

News disseminators (organized by frequency):

- Twitter: The perfect vehicle for very frequent news sharing! Follow Jeff Crisp for a steady stream of links to key news stories.
- Refugee Brief: A daily summary of displacement news from UNHCR; sign up to receive the newsletter or browse issues online.
- Kaldor Centre: Sign up for their weekly news roundup via Mailchimp.
- Rights in Exile Newsletter: Produced monthly by the Rights in Exile Programme; includes links to news reports on countries of origin, countries of asylum, detention and deportation, and statelessness. Read issues online or subscribe.

News aggregators:

ecoi.net: Incorporates a variety of media reports into its country of origin information database; see which ones on their source list.
ReliefWeb: Includes Thomson Reuters Foundation News as one of its media sources; but also circulates IGO and NGO situation reports and flash updates on evolving humanitarian situations.

Avoiding fake news:

The reality today is that there are so many more false stories that make their way into the news stream. So for what it's worth, check out this infographic from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) on "How to Spot Fake News." It's available in multiple languages! See also this related article on "Humanitarian Communication in a Post-Truth World."

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