Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Sign Of The Times: UNHCR Begs For Coverage
At the DNA2008 Video Journalism conference in Brussels, I was approached by two different media relations reps from the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees who were virtually begging for coverage of refugee issues. Mainstream media has cut back so much that big stories go uncovered these days.
The UNHCR media folks have set up sites that we can download video from crisis situations that we can use for our stories. And they're eager to make their staff-produced video coverage meet professional video standards, both in quality and ethics. I felt bad for these guys; they obviously had a passion for the cause but newspapers don't care any more.
The media site for UNHCR is at http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/media?page=home