NGOs and News

"Mozambique Commonwealth Observer Group 2" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Commonwealth SecretariatNon-governmental organizations (NGOs) struggle to insert themselves into news coverage, given the common ‘indexing’ of news to official voices such as politicians and public administrations. Some argue that the digital affordances of the internet and mobile media have changed this imbalance and give NGOs an edge in the struggle for attention. Others are more skeptical. My research addresses questions of the organizational and contextual determinants of NGOs’ attention-getting success, their credibility as sources in news, and the framing they employ.

Projects and working papers
  • ‘The drivers of public attention to domestic election monitoring groups’. Presented at APSA 2016 and ECPR 2016.
  • ‘How election monitors shape the news agenda through the ‘integrity frame‘
  • ‘Says who? How source credibility in digital news shapes perceptions of electoral integrity’