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Tom is the co-founder of DAWNS Digest. He is the founding editor of the aid and development blog A View From the Cave, deputy editor of PSI Healthy lives, blogger for the Huffington Post Impact section, and a contributor to other online publications. He lives in Boston, MA.
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Editor/Co-Founder - Development and Aid World News Service
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DAWNS First Grant Pool is Open!

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 3:07pm 1 Comment

DAWNS is committed to lowering the barriers associated with humanitarian journalism and story telling. With revenue collected through the sales of DAWNS Digest, we will issue grants to writers, bloggers, citizen-journalists, photographers, documentary film makers or any other manner of storyteller.  Nominations are open until January 25. We will announce the recipients of our first grants on February 8.

About the Grants: Each grant will not exceed $500. Do you need…

Using Transmedia Change Aid Communications

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 2:16pm 0 Comments

Dutch organization BrandOutLoud is sick of the status quo when it comes to how Africa is portrayed.

While the images of Africa have remained the same, the image of development has changed. The industry itself has created a negative, stigmatising image of Africa. We must no longer hide behind arguments like 'it brings in the most money’ or ‘the ends justify the means'. How can we change the existing…

Striving to Change Humanitarian Communications with Storytelling

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

[B]alances need to be struck. ‘Poverty porn’ is a no-go and portraying aid workers as martyrs is tacky as well, particularly in this age of recipient-led development. However, sharing more of the real stories of aid delivery with the public — a process with as much blood, sweat, tears and joy as any sweeping Hollywood epic, animated or not — could be a beneficial communications approach.

That is Ashlee Betteridge concluding in a post on communications for the…


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