This course provides a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of traditional and digital media. It focuses specifically on the uses of media in humanitarian settings and with humanitarian organisations. Students will be able to critical reflect on the influence and power of the media and learn how to fully use their potential for effective communication.
The course offers media training on making humanitarian news, with a public relations outreach (press conference, media interview).

A printable “course-at-a-glance” document is available here.

Objectives of the course:

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the media landscape (global & local) and the opportunities and challenges it presents to humanitarian organisations
  • Analyse the impact of the digital media revolution
  • Analyse the limits and constraints of relations between the media and humanitarian organisations
  • Use the media as a strategic communications channel to support humanitarian programmes and operations
  • Prepare and give an effective media interview (broadcast, print, online)



Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:
• Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face teaching (lectures, media training)
• Approximately 30 hours of self-study time (readings, reflexive analysis)

Structure of the course

• International media landscape and challenges
• The use of digital media at field level
• Journalists- aid actors interaction
• Traditional media: Between independence and instrumentalisation
• Making of humanitarian news: Media training

  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies in communication through various media
  • Professionals working in the communication, or journalism fields who wish to gain specific knowledge of humanitarian interactions with media before changing their professional career towards humanitarian action.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a postgraduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

Admission requirements:

  1. a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  2. at least three years of relevant professional experience;
  3. excellent command of English;
  4. motivation working in the humanitarian sector.


Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • A passport photo (.jpg format).


More information about the admission process is available on our application page.

  • Media and Humanitarian ActionDates 3-7 May, 2021
  • Media and Humanitarian ActionDuration One week
  • Media and Humanitarian ActionLocation Geneva
  • Media and Humanitarian ActionLanguage English
  • Media and Humanitarian ActionCREDITS 2 ECTS
  • Fee CHF 1'500
  • Application Deadline 2 weeks before the start of the course. For candidates who need a VISA: 6 weeks before the start of the course.