Renowned BBC journalist Ben Brown will give a special address at the opening of a showcase of work funded under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund on Tuesday, 18th September at 6pm at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.
Ben Brown will give a short analysis of the challenges facing international journalism, including the difficulties faced by the media in covering development issues, given the economic crises that continue to preoccupy the domestic agendas in Europe.
The Simon Cumbers Media Fund was set up to assist and promote more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media. Two rounds of funding are allocated every year: one in summer, and one in winter. The Fund was established by Irish Aid in 2005 in memory of the late Irish journalist and cameraman, Simon Cumbers.
Minister of State for Development and Trade Joe Costello TD will also be on hand on the evening to officially launch the Simon Cumbers Media Fund showcase.
Under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, journalists are invited to submit proposals for coverage of a development issue, which involves travel to a developing country. The showcase being launched on Tuesday will document the work of some of the journalists who received funding during 2010 and 2011.
Further information about the Simon Cumbers Media Fund is available at www.simoncumbersmediafund.ie.
CONTACT: Emily Kelly, DHR Communications @ 01-4200580 / 087-9759248
Ben Brown is currently a presenter on BBC News, anchoring on both the 24 hour news channel, and BBC 1 bulletins. Ben has been at the BBC for almost 25 years, mostly as a foreign correspondent. He was based in Moscow for four years, where he covered the fall of communism and the Soviet Union, and has also reported on many wars, including Chechnya; Rwanda; Somalia; Sierra Leone; Bosnia; Kosovo; the first and second Gulf wars; Afghanistan and Libya; as well as a number of disasters, including the Tsunami and Haiti earthquake. He has won several awards, including a Royal Television Society award for his report from inside a white-owned farm in Zimbabwe when it was being taken over by armed Mugabe militants, and is two-time winner of the Bayeux War Correspondent of the Year award. Ben has also written a novel based on his experiences as a foreign correspondent called ‘Sandstealers’.