Media has a key role to play in a humanitarian crisis situation, in terms of providing crucial information. This manual presents a combination of standard, professional reporting techniques for journalists covering humanitarian response scenarios, plus a basic education in and understanding of the humanitarian sector, its architecture, mandates and modus operandi. The goal of the manual is to prepare journalists to cover natural and man-made disasters in a more informed, balanced way and to show how a utilitarian approach to information content and dissemination can be an effective life saver. It is intended to function as both an educational guide that journalists can read and learn from, and as an outline for a workshop focusing on the training of local reporters (including hand outs).
The introduction outlines how this manual can be used by trainers, journalists and humanitarian aid workers. Humanitarian aid organisations can use the manual to better understand the importance of collaborating with local media to provide affected communities with all the information they need. The overview of humanitarian reporting should provide humanitarian responders with a baseline understanding of the issues local media face in encouraging collaboration between humanitarian and local media actors.