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The context and trends within news organisations and the international relief system are rapidly changing, for example in the light of technological development, commercial pressures and globalisation. Equally significant is the changing context and role of specialist correspondents and editors. This study is an examination of the extent to which the media and humanitarian agencies depend on each other to achieve their objectives and fulfil their various agendas. It would seem that media coverage can sometimes impede as well as enhance the work of development agencies, particularly in emergency situations when it is crucial and urgent for humanitarian agencies to highlight the plight of the victims whilst journalists seek the ‘human factor’ element to enhance the news value of their dispatches. The main aim of the research is to highlight the mutual dependency of humanitarian agencies and media organisations, identifying what is important to different parties and how the relationship between the different groups can improve.