"We need to report poverty in all its ugliness, yet without exploiting it"
Ros Wynne-Jones, Senior Feature Writer, Daily Mirror
Here, a number of journalists and film-makers explain how they see the issues and how they have tackled some of the problems to achieve a balanced and sensitive approach. Click on the links below for their full stories.
Deserving vs undeserving (Ros Wynne-Jones, Daily Mirror)
We need to report poverty in all its ugliness, yet without exploiting it. It is the dilemma that faces the photographer in a famine zone facing an emaciated child. And it is a dilemma in UK poverty terms we are only starting to explore now.
The story of the Farepak savers (Huw Williams, BBC Radio 4)
… the downside of having to have an example is that people’s real lives don’t fit neatly into compartmentalised boxes. Someone is never just an example of the aspect of poverty we’re trying to illustrate. To really understand them, you have to understand the background…
Problems in reporting poverty (Neil Mackay, Investigative journalist, film-maker and author)
There are a variety of problems for any journalist trying to report on poverty. Firstly, you have to try and find some way to circumvent existing prejudices amongst both colleagues and readers.
Child poverty: filming Ewan (Rachel Hellings, independent film-maker)
At the outset, we discussed how we should approach potential contributors, for we knew that finding and getting access to case studies wasn’t going to be easy. We realised, too, that the terminology and language we used would be important. We decided that the word ‘poverty’ wasn’t going to do us any favours. It can be offensive and it’s vague. Instead we favoured terms such as ‘low income’ or ‘disadvantaged’.
Image courtesy of Anna Kari, Save the Children