Greg Barrow talks about the difficulties of their haiti operation
Greg Barrow is saying "in Haiti we had to grapple with journalists saying immediately where's the food, when is it coming"
Greg Barrow talks about the thick skins of aid workers in the face of criticisms from the media and being sometimes being pushed to make headline making quotes
Greg barrow is saying: "we were facing a hugely tough logistical operation, we were building infrastructure from scratch. we were doing what we had to do,
@james you rightly allude to the classic tension between humanitarian reporting and traditional political or general news reporting - just what our panellists are debating now..
Mike Thomson is talking about the suspicion that aid workers can have towards journalists
Lyse and Mike speak of a sometimes "sneering attitude" from the aid world
Shaheen Chughtai, Oxfam: "there is movement between the two worlds of journalism and aid"
Mike Thomson talks of the symbiotic relationship between the aid world and media
Shaheen Chughtai: "there is a symbiotic relationship between journalists and aid world - they can work together. the times when th erelationship brealks down a bit is in complicated situations"
Mike Thomson of BBC's Today programme has strugged in Niger to get facts from humanitarian agencies which doesn't help with accusations of simplicity
Mike Thomson: "You only have one chance as a broadcast journalist. You have to file a story, sometimes you can't wait that long"
@james - asbolutely - we'll let you know when the floor opens for questions
Shaheen Chughtai saying "sometimes in the field there isn't a full appreciation of what the media world is and how it works"
Tim Large, Editor of AlertNet talks about AlertNet's attempts to make humanitarian reporting more sophisticated
Tim Large is talking about DR Congo and the IRC's landmark morality survey several years ago which put the story on the front pages
Tim Large is talking about how underneath that figure was a really messy complex story about how that data was collected
Tim Large is mentioning the recent reports that WFP aid was going missing in Somalia and welcomes their openness in hosting a session such as this
Greg Barrow: "we are fortunate as humanitarian agencies to be dealing with reporters who want the full story"
Greg Barrow saying how he worries about new brand of citizen journalists who can bring unsubstantiated info to a lot of people
Greg Barrow -- social media presents aid agencies with a steep learning curve
Greg Barrow saying there are peole out there putting out information quickly, when many don't have journalistic training or know how to report responsibly
Greg Barrow - one of the fears that trained journalists may take leads from unsubstantiated reports on twitter and elsewhere
Greg Barrow is head of WFP's media team, the key figure in interaction with the media
Tim Large - new media can also bring new information to life, as well as presenting challenges such as those greg mentions
Tim Large is saying new media has brought to light interesting stories, Twitter and 140 characters approach, we're seeing that is actually a useful too to simplify and boil down news"
Tim Large - we must see social media as just one tool in the tool
Shaheen Chughtai saying potential of new media hasn't really sunk for many in aid world, also the risks.
Shaheen Chughtai is a humanitarian policy advisor at Oxfam as well as former journalist who helped launch Aljazeera International's English website in 2004
Lyse Doucet asks panelists how disaster stories can make people sit up and take notice when stories often have a similar feel
@james the 5 panelists are just wrapping up - do start sending any questions you have on the issues discussed
Greg Barrow saying it's sometimes it needs boldness of someone in th epublic eye to say out loud "this is the worst disaster in the world at this time"
Lyse Doucet is asking for a show of hands on the issue of whether the media is getting better or worse at covering hunger
The audience is about split!
Peter @ the British Medical Journal asks from the floor about the "f" word famine - there are a billion hungry people in the world today - how does one raise emergency levels of famine compared to ongoing levels - how are we supposed to prioritse as journalists?