HUMAN – Seven billion people tell their story

Launched simultaneously last September at the United Nations in New York and the Venice Biennale Film Festival, HUMAN is based on 2,000 filmed interviews...

Ronnie Koven: International press freedom community loses doyen

Ronald Koven, a distinguished journalist who became a defender of a free press around the world, died on Friday, Oct. 30 in Paris of...

Ronnie Koven: International press freedom community loses doyen

Ronald Koven, a distinguished journalist who became a defender of a free press around the world, died on Friday, Oct. 30 in Paris of...

The European Broadcasting Union’s Mini-FIFA

The FIFA corruption scandal may be growing steadily worse, but yet another Swiss-based organization may not be far behind. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU),...

Battling the wrong giants: Security snoopers vs Wikileaks

Which is more important for media in society? Security snoopers or Wikileaks? Or is it the collapse of traditional business models with the rise...

Battling the wrong giants: Security snoopers vs Wikileaks

Which is more important for media in society? Security snoopers or Wikileaks? Or is it the collapse of traditional business models with the rise...

Helping to ‘fix’ global media coverage

World Fixer is a new company which connects employers and trusted fixers or facilitators around the world. Its 2,000 members are already working with...

Internews: The power of media and information

While billions of dollars are spent annually by the United States and other western countries on military, but also humanitarian and development support, there...

Jeff Danziger on Europe’s Backyard War

Jeff Danziger is a US-based cartoonist, author and contributor to The Essential Edge. For his cartoons and books, please see:  http://www.danzigercartoons.com/ Putin's Solution cartoon

Williams and O’Reilly: Not the only truth-fudging in the name of journalism

The recent incidents of two leading American TV personalities claiming to have covered specific events, when they had not, only come across as yet...

Better Mapping for Better Journalism

Willie Shubert of the Washington DC-based New Security Beat explores new visual tools for improving environmental journalism. Nearly every local story has a global context. This is...

Stepping over the line

In 1979, I happened to run across Georges Bernier, the creator of the bitingly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The motto  was “Bête et Méchant,” which...

Why the Swiss need to value their foreigners

The following piece by Swiss-American journalist and author Edward Girardet was initially written for Swissinfo, a news website funded by the Swiss Foreign Ministry...

Afghanistan – What went wrong?

The following essay by Geneva-based journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in October, 2014. Girardet is...

The Essential Edge Guide to Aid Speak – Part I

The following is to help ordinary human beings understand the impressive but often incomprehensible-sounding terminology of the international aid community. We thank all those...

Modern assassins, murder and social media

Steven Sotloff’s murder and decapitation is a tragedy in itself, but it also marks a turning point both for journalism and the communications strategy...

What ever happened to real foreign reporting?

The brutal murder in the name of Islam of American reporter James Foley by a British Jihadist outlines – once again - the extreme...

Time to focus on the people behind the numbers

This piece is contributed by Nick van Praag, a humanitarian specialist and director of Keystone's Ground Truth programme. A slew of statistics released this week...

The Silver Fox Remembered

With the death of former Soviet Foreign Minister and Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze earlier this month, journalist and writer Thomas Goltz remembers.  Livingston, Montana --...

Gérer internet… sans les médias? (Manning the internet…without media?)

The following article by Essential Edge French-language editor, Daniel Wermus, explores the role of the internet - and journalism. En 2003 et 2005, le Sommet...

Frontline Earth: Maidan, Taksim, Tahrir – Revolution 2.0

The following piece in French is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus.  Geneva -- Chaque bouleversement technologique a, dans l’histoire, produit un bouleversement social....

The Killing of a journalist – Plus statement of the AFPA

By Edward Girardet. (Followed by an open letter of the Afghanistan Foreign Press Association (AFPA). The brazen assassination of veteran British-Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner...

The Essential Edge – Editors, writers and media consultants

The Essential Edge is part of Crosslines Essential Media (UK) Ltd and is based out of Geneva, Switzerland, London, United Kingdom, and New York, USA....

Life after Guantanamo prison

The following piece on Afghans incarcerated -- often with little or no evidence - by the Americans in Guantanamo by Dawood Azam was published...

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, North Africa and the role of quality media

Since starting out as a foreign correspondent during the late 1970s in Paris, Swiss-American writer and journalist Edward Girardet would often make a point...

The PCDN Network – More than just information

For anyone - UN or NGO aid worker, policy analyst, researcher, journalist, donor, private sector - serious about being effective, the Peace and Collaborative...

Switzerland’s Immigration Vote: Nationalism, racism or fear.

A version of this was first published by Le News, the free English-language weekly for the Lake Geneva region. This includes the cartoon by award-winning...

World Press Photo of the Year 2013: John Stanmeyer

This year's World Press Photo of the Year 2013 was won by American Photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII agency for National Geographic. John's extraordinary...

In Nepal’s Himalayas, the uphill battle is against plastic

Letter from Katamandu Journalist Donatella Lorch has sent us this dispatch from Nepal.  As any tour company will tell you, Nepal is the land of the...

The newsonomics of measuring the real impact of news

Ken Doctor of The Nieman Journalism Lab explores whether one can raise more money for the news by harnessing the power of social sharing...