March 2018 Newsletter

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Welcome to IBT’s March newsletter with an update on our work and relevant news from the media industry.

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Briefing with The Economist, March 22nd

Later this month we will hear from Tom Rowley of The Economist. This is our first briefing with The Economist which is one of the UK’s most influential weekly magazines, with its extensive international coverage and global readership. Some of you will know Tom who was previously a foreign correspondent with The Daily Telegraph where he travelled widely, reporting from 26 countries. Tom will talk to us about how The Economist works and opportunities for IBT members to pitch stories and make contact with journalists on the magazine. The briefing will take place at 9am on Thursday March 22nd at the IBT offices in Southwark. Register your place now.

Faking It

Last month we published our new report Faking It – fake news and how it impacts on the charity sector. This is the first report that has looked specifically at the way in which fake news affects the work of NGOs and should be of particular interest to IBT members. The launch took place at the offices of ITN, with Penny Marshall, Social Affairs Editor at ITV News chairing a lively panel debate and audience discussion. The report has proved timely and has been widely covered.

Briefing with ITV News

Last month we also held a briefing with Michael Herrod, Foreign Editor at ITV News. Michael told us that ITV News is very committed to covering the major foreign stories of the day and also breaking new stories. He’s the main contact too for ITV’s current affairs strand, On Assignment, which runs three short international films in each half hour episode. It’s a good opportunity for IBT members to pitch off agenda stories.

Read the full report from the briefing with Michael on the members’ page.

Watch our interview with Michael Herrod

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IBT round table on trust for charity and media leaders

The revelations from a range of charities concerning safeguarding issues, have emphasized the importance of trust. Those of you who attended the Bond conference, will have heard Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State at DFID, and others talk about the importance of rebuilding trust. The decline in trust affects charities and many other institutions, and was highlighted in our Faking It report. In April, we will be holding a round table on the theme of trust, bringing together NGO leaders and media executives, to explore how the humanitarian sector can rebuild trust with the public and the media. All CEOs from our member agencies will receive invitations to attend this event but if you would like to hear more about it now, do get in touch.

Children’s television

Last month we submitted evidence to Ofcom, the media regulator, which is reviewing children’s content on television. This is an issue that has come under the spotlight recently. We are keen to see more home grown content available for children of all ages, which reflects global themes. We will be meeting Alice Webb, the BBC’s head of children’s next week, to discuss this further, and we have plans to hold a parliamentary event later in the year to draw this issue to the attention of parliamentarians.

Read the our full Ofcom submission for children’s TV content review.

UK aid and the media

Devex, the global development website, is running a series of articles that explore the way in which the UK media has reported on UK aid. The three articles, written by Molly Anders, Devex’s UK correspondent, look at public attitudes to aid; how media coverage affects aid work; and suggestions for ways in which charities can be more effective in engaging the UK public.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival, March 8-16

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens in London on March 8th with a screening of Naila and the Uprising which documents the role of women in the first Palestinian intifada. The festival is screening 14 documentaries and features films, half directed by women. The closing night feature is Silas, which looks at the popular protests that took place in Liberia over land rights.

Two other documentaries screening in London at the moment are well worth watching. Makala tells the story of a charcoal burner in the DRC struggling to make a living as he burns his own charcoal and transports it to market in a gruelling journey.

A Suitable Girl explores arranged marriage in India through the experience of three women.

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