Famines, drought, pot-bellied children. Such images usually come to mind when people in Europe think about poverty in developing countries. Many think that this is what the media tell them.
However, the findings of Mirjam Vossen’s research challenge the assumption that the European media overwhelm us with pathetic images of the stereotypical ‘hungry child’. What stories do those media really tell? And how come that the ‘Western’ perception of global poverty is so distorted?
In this One World Week lecture, Vossen challenges journalists and development NGOs to think more carefully about exactly which stories to spread. And she invites the Western audience to check their worldview. Things may be better than they think.
About Mirjam Vossen
Mirjam Vossen (1965) is a journalist and media researcher. She obtained her doctorate in January 2018 at the Radboud University in Nijmegen on a research into the media framing of global poverty. Mirjam Vossen currently works as a journalist and media researcher. She advises civil society organizations, ranging from development organizations and trade unions to the Ecomodernism foundation, about framing and public perception. In addition, she is involved in World's Best News, a movement that draws attention in developing countries. Mirjam Vossen lives and works regularly in Malawi.