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Social Media and Human Rights


Academic texts

Beckett, Charlie. 2009. NGOs as Gatekeepers to “Local Media”: Networked News for Developing Countries. London, UK: EDS Innovation Research Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Cooper, Glenda. 2009. “When Lines Between NGO and News Organization Blur.” Nieman Journalism Lab. (
Cooper, Glenda. 2011. From Their Own Correspondent?  New Media and the Changes in Disaster Coverage: Lessons to Be Learnt. Oxford, UK: University of Oxford. (

Cottle, Simon, and David Nolan. 2007. “Global Humanitarianism and the Changing Aid-Media Field: Everyone Was Dying for Footage.” Journalism Studies 8(6):862–78.

Davis, David R., Amanda Murdie, and Coty Garnett Steinmetz. 2012. “‘Makers and Shapers’: Human Rights INGOs and Public Opinion.” Human Rights Quarterly 34(1):199–224.

Fenton, Natalie. 2010. “NGOs, New Media and the Mainstream News: News from Everywhere.” Pp. 153–68 in New Media, Old News: Journalism & Democracy in the Digital Age, edited by Natalie Fenton. London, UK: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Kalcsics, Monika. 2011. A Reporting Disaster?  The Interdependence of Media and Aid Agencies in a Competitive Compassion Market. Oxford, UK: University of Oxford.

McPherson, Ella. 2014. “Advocacy Organizations’ Evaluation of Social Media Information for NGO Journalism The Evidence and Engagement Models.” American Behavioral Scientist. (


Powers, Matthew. 2014. “The Structural Organization of NGO Publicity Work: Explaining Divergent Publicity Strategies at Humanitarian and Human Rights Organizations.” International Journal of Communication 8:90–107.

Other resources

Nieman Journalism Lab: NGOs and the News essay series

About this website

This is the website for Ella McPherson's work related to her 2014-17 ESRC-funded research project, Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability.