Gain knowledge and understanding of traditional and digital media and the use of media relations in humanitarian settings. Develop critical analysis of the influence and power of the media and learn how to fully use their potential for effective communication. 

  • Explain the media landscape (global & local) and the opportunities and challenges it presents to humanitarian organisations
  • Analyse the impact of the digital media revolution
  • Apply a media mapping tool and craft messages for the media
  • Develop critical analysis of the influence and power of the media and the benefits of proactive media relations
  • Reflect on the ethical dimensions of the relationship between journalists and humanitarian actors and of the production of news by the latter


  • Media landscape and its evolution
  • New challenges of global journalism
  • Media mapping
  • Journalists-aid actors interactions
  • The use of digital media
  • Effective oral communication
  • Making humanitarian news
  • Building and passing a message (media training)
  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.

Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Scanned copy of passport

More information about the admission process can be found 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.