Good journalism doesn’t come out of an assembly line


Truth to tell, alternative media will never have the same kind of resources of established media (not in a long while) and not even the same access to newsmakers. Most times, they try to add value to the work that has already been done by someone else – usually mainstream media reporters who have done the hard slog – and put it in a different package. It’s still the same detergent although it may smell very different.

Then, does anyone care? We’ve become so enamoured with efficiency and productivity that we forget that we sometimes need some slack to create something brilliant and beautiful. We need more people doing journalistic work if we want to be better informed with a variety of information and not be immersed in just one narrative.

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Bertha Henson — The Middle Ground

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Think before you donate to disasters


A different perspective to donations that you make towards disaster relief.

Donating to large international NGOs usually means that a lot of foreign relief aid will be imported into the affected countries. Most disasters, even the large scale ones are rather isolated. Flood and earthquake areas rarely extend over 10 km, and there will be local businesses which are open for business post disasters, but they will be excluded from relief by the international NGOs. Businesses in the foreign countries will be the ones who benefit from the disaster.

In the long run, these aids do affect the local economies adversely and your well-meaning donations will cause harm to the financial ecosystem. What’s worse is that some international organisations are managed off site in another country and bureaucracy may cause massive waste and inefficiencies.

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Robin Low — The Middle Ground

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