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Danielle Batist is an experienced freelance journalist, founder of Journopreneur and co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project. She lived and worked all around the globe and covered global and local stories of poverty, exclusion and injustice. Increasingly, she moved beyond ‘problem-reporting’ to include stories about the solutions she found. She witnessed the birth of the new nation of South Sudan and interviewed the Dalai Lama. She reported for Al Jazeera, BBC and the Guardian and regularly advises independent media organisations on innovation and sustainability. She loves bringing stories to the world and finding the appropriate platforms to do so. The transformation of traditional media fascinates rather than scares her. While both the medium and the message are changing, she believes the need for good storytelling remains.
If you’re questioning your spending behaviour in the run-up to Christmas, this is an interesting multimedia story to consume.
Bangladesh is home to almost five million garment workers, making it the second largest manufacturer of garments in the world. The country's factory workers make the clothes so many of us wear every day. And yet we have no idea about the human beings on the other side of the garment supply chain.
Non-profit On Our Radar teamed up with New Internationalist magazine to tell intimate stories about garment workers’ hardships, hopes and dreams. In this interactive web ‘shop’, you see pictures of people rather than products, with their monthly salaries listed (from 66 to 103 USD) instead of clothes prices.
In the same magazine edition, New Internationalist also addresses the “what now” question that arises when reading these workers’ stories. In an accompanying article they list three initiatives to improve fashion industry ethics, like ‘Knowlabel’ a digital label that shows the human and environmental impact of what you are wearing.