Objectives of the course:
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- characterize the specificities of humanitarian communications;
- understand the international, regional and local media landscapes, including digital media;
- engage in media training;
- assess the concept of “media power” and the logic of media attention and coverage;
- evaluate the challenges of media relations and the opportunities for humanitarian reporting;
- examine humanitarian representations and the visual politics of aid;
- analyse the ethical and deontological outcomes of media relations and messaging.
Around 20-25 hours of work each week, including:
- Asynchronous self-study activities (such as case studies, videos, recorded slideshows, readings, etc.)
- Synchronous live sessions (mandatory, usually in the early afternoon, CET)
Structure of the course
- What are humanitarian communications?
- Traditional media and the digital revolution (media landscapes)
- Effective media training
- Media attention and forgotten crises
- Humanitarian journalism and crisis reporting
- Visual politics of aid and humanitarian iconography
- Ethics of humanitarian communication and deontology of humanitarian reporting
- Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in media and public relations
- Professionals from other sectors (journalism, marketing, PR, policymaking, philanthropy) who wish to increase their understanding of humanitarian communications.
- Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course to explore the specificities of media and humanitarian collaborations.
- a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- at least three years of relevant professional experience;
- excellent command of English;
- motivation working in the humanitarian sector.
- CV (Résumé)
- Copy of your highest diploma
- Work certificate or official document of your current job position
- Scanned copy of passport.
More information about the admission process is available on our application page.
- Dates 25 April - 6 May 2022
- Duration Two weeks
- Location Online
- Language English
- CREDITS 2 ECTS
- Fee CHF 1'500
- Application Deadline 3 April 2022
- If applying for a scholarship Deadline: Scholarships are not available for this course.