Connecting Humanity: Best Practices in Humanitarian Communications

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What is it like to work as a communicator on the frontlines of a humanitarian emergency response? What tools and skills are necessary to be successful? How has the evolution of digital changed how we do our work in these contexts? How can we better tell the stories of people affected by disasters and emergencies around the world?

Join the Canadian Red Cross and the Ryerson School of Professional Communication for Connecting Humanity: Best Practices in Humanitarian Communications.

In times of emergencies and disasters around the world, humanitarian communicators play an essential role in telling the story of those affected and providing them with live-saving information, mitigating issues and keeping the public informed. Working in what can often be a high-stress, low-resource environments, communicators are challenged to use their skills in unique ways.

Connecting Humanity will bring together humanitarian communicators from various organizations who have worked on responses around the world. They will share their experiences, explore best practices and answer questions you may have about this career path.

Registration required.

Confirmed speakers

Janice Babineau, senior manager, social media, Canadian Red Cross

Jessica Bryant, senior manager, communications, media and public relations, Save the Children Canada

Diana Coulter, senior communications advisor and aid worker, Canadian Red Cross

Arndell Leblanc, digital communications specialist, Médecins Sans Frontières

Chantel Marshall, program director, Sherbourne Health

Nicole Robicheau, communications manager and aid worker, Canadian Red Cross

Schedule

8:00 – 8:30: Sign in

8:30 – 8:40: Welcome and opening remarks

8:40 – 9:15: Overview of humanitarian communications

9:20– 10:35: Breakout sessions (three sessions run concurrently)

Choose ONE of:

Use of imagery in humanitarian communications: this session looks at how we use images to tell stories and how we can do this more effectively, as well as at the ethical considerations of photography in humanitarian situations.
Digital media in humanitarian communications: how digital media has changed how communicators work in humanitarian situations, how to ensure you’re reaching the right audience and how to tell your story in the most effective way.
Case challenge: work through a case challenge in groups with feedback from communications aid workers to gain a better understanding of challenges communicators can face in the field.
10:35 – 10:50: Break

10:55 – 12:10: Breakout sessions (three sessions run concurrently)

Choose ONE of:

Use of imagery in humanitarian communications: this session looks at how we use images to tell stories and how we can do this more effectively, as well as at the ethical considerations of photography in humanitarian situations.
Digital media in humanitarian communications: how digital media has changed how communicators work in humanitarian situations, how to ensure you’re reaching the right audience and how to tell your story in the most effective way.
Case challenge: work through a case challenge in groups with feedback from communications aid workers to gain a better understanding of challenges communicators can face in the field.
12:15 – 1:15: Panel discussion

1:15 – 2:15: Lunch & networking

*You will be prompted when you register to select two of the three breakout sessions to attend.

For parking information, please visit: http://ryersonstudentcentre.ca/conference-services/parking-availability

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