What’s it really like to report from a war zone? Work on an undercover investigation? Be a humanitarian photographer capturing images in the far corners of the earth to influence our hearts and minds? Here, you'll find out through captivating conversations delving into the personal stories of people who dedicate themselves to telling stories to drive impact, while at the same time exploring the ethical challenges they face.
Hosted by Susannah Birkwood, international journalist and NGO storyteller.
Do no harm also applies to journalism – Thin Lei Win, humanitarian correspondent
This episode features Thin Lei Win, an award-winning Burmese climate change, food security and humanitarian correspondent living in Italy. We discuss whether the foreign correspondent model is due a reckoning following a recent reporting trip by CNN International to Myanmar to cover the country’s recent military coup. The media outlet was widely criticised for the trip, with many accusing it of downplaying the role played by local journalists and for causing harm as 11 local sources were arrested after speaking to CNN’s reporter.
BONUS: How to get into human rights reporting, with Iain Overton
In this bitesize bonus episode of Storytelling for Impact, multi-award-winning UK-based journalist Iain Overton offers his top tips on becoming an investigative journalist and foreign correspondent.
There is a price you pay as a foreign correspondent - Iain Overton, writer and campaigner
This episode features Iain Overton, a multi-award-winning investigative journalist based in the UK who has worked in over 80 countries around the world unearthing hard truths about human rights and gun violence. We talk with Iain about the merits of journalism for someone who wants to use their career to do as much good as they can in the world; the emotional sacrifices Iain made through his work reporting human rights abuses; and what it was like to be detained by terrorist group Hezbollah during a reporting trip to Lebanon.
I did things I wouldn’t do now - Rachel Erskine, ethical storytelling expert
Rachel Erskine, an ethical storytelling expert who works for Amref Health Africa in the UK, shares her thoughts on how aid agencies and NGOs can make amends for the harm past approaches to storytelling may have caused to communities.
We mustn't exploit communities – Jason Houston, conservation photographer
Jason Houston, a social and environmental photographer who works with clients including the New York Times, shares his insights on participatory photography and respecting the needs of the communities he photographs.
I fear for my safety – Carlos Conde, Human Rights Watch Philippines
Carlos Conde, an investigative journalist specialising in human rights in the Philippines, shares what it takes to do this work in one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists.
The variety of voices gathered so far is fantastic
As someone with several years of experience working in conflict zones I found this podcast extremely engaging, not only for the themes discussed in it but because the presenter really seems to understand the challenges that humanitarians and journalists face while on assignment. Looking forward to listening to more episodes.
Take a listen and get inspired!
The superb new podcast, Storytelling For Impact, is an amazing way to learn about the inspiring work done by courageous individuals and trailblazing storytellers from all corners of the world.
Conducted by international journalist and NGO storyteller Susannah Birkhood, the podcast includes thoughtful questions that make for fascinating conversations at a time when we crave these kinds of discussions.
Take a listen and get inspired!