April 2015 Newsletter

Ritchie Cogan
Ritchie Cogan 3rd April 2015

The panel: (left to right) Simon Murphy, Tracy McVeigh, Tim Singleton, Sara Pantuliano, Patrick Gathara, Halima Begum and Mark Galloway.


Welcome to IBT’s April newsletter with a brief update on our work and relevant news from the media industry.    (Print this Newsletter)

Accidents abroad – tips from travel law experts

Later this month IBT will be co-hosting an evening event with the leading law firm Leigh Day. There have been a number of recent legal cases involving NGO staff working abroad, which have raised some important issues. At this event we will hear from Christine Tallon a partner at Leigh Day who specialises in travel law and Marie-Louise Kinsler a barrister who has dealt with some of these recent cases.  They will be offering important travel tips for NGO staff who go on foreign trips or send colleagues or freelancers abroad. There is a checklist of measures that you should take before leaving the UK to ensure that you are well prepared in case an accident or injury occurs. This event will be at 6pm on Tuesday April 28th at Leigh Day’s offices in Farringdon. The briefing will be followed by a drinks reception. It’s open to IBT members and non-members. Please share details with your colleagues. If you’d like to attend, please sign up for the event on the IBT website.


Reframing Climate Change – film competition

IBT has launched an open competition in association with the Sheffield Documentary Festival to find the best idea for a tv programme that helps to reframe climate change. Five entries will be shortlisted and producers will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea before an audience at Sheffield. A panel of commissioners will select the best idea which will be awarded development funding of £4,000. The closing date for applications is Thursday April 16th. Further details and an application form can be found on the Sheffield DocFest website:



HIV stigma – the media challenge

We will be hosting a round table discussion later this month to explore ways of encouraging funders to make a bigger commitment to funding media initiatives aimed at tackling HIV related stigma. This discussion follows on from the report we published last year, HIV and stigma – the media challenge. Our round table will take place in conjunction with Channel 4 and will be chaired by Victoria Macdonald, health correspondent on Channel 4 News. Victoria has a longstanding interest in HIV and reported from the international AIDS conference which took place in Melbourne last year. Attendees at our round table include representatives from the drugs companies and funders including the Global Fund, Comic Relief, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Rush.


Future training events

We are currently organizing some training events for later this year. It would be good to know which of the following would be of interest to IBT members so that we can see where the demand lies:

         Twitter training for beginners

         Twitter training for advanced users

         Stills photography for media officers and campaigners

         Shooting/recording sound on an iPhone or iPad

         Shooting/recording sound on Android devices

Given their popularity, we are also looking to expand our range of training events so if you have any suggestions please get in touch. These events are free to IBT members.



SciDev.Net, which specializes in news about science and technology for development, is launching a new initiative and would welcome feedback from IBT members. They plan to launch a customized email news alert aimed at journalists and editors in their network, which includes the BBC, Huffington Post, Guardian, Asian Scientist, All Africa and Africa News. They are keen to know whether NGOs would be interested in advertising in this space. If you’re happy to help please fill in this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GD9B2SP or get in touch with marketing@scidev.net


Best wishes



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