Sarah P. Murphy
I'm a journalist and communications pro based in Brussels where I manage multimedia projects for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders. (But I'm still freelancing on the side, so hit me up if you want to collaborate on something that's not a conflict of interest with my work for MSF.)
Until recently, I headed up original video storytelling out of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa for Al Jazeera's AJ+.
A passion for human rights, knack for storytelling (if I do say so myself — this is the page where one brags about herself, right?) and relentless curiosity have led me through a string of long-term humanitarian and journalism/media stints in Kosovo, Bosnia, (the republic of) Georgia, South Korea, Washington, D.C. and the Bay Area of California.
These days, I’m lucky to help communicate about MSF’s global emergency medical and humanitarian response work to international audiences, local communities and other strategically-targeted audiences.
I'm always looking for new ways to push boundaries and experiment in how we tell important stories. For me, I've done my job well when I've come up with a creative twist to help people affected by an important story communicate their perspectives to an attentive public, whatever relevant public that may be.
I studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Emory University (HMU if you want to talk 20th-century epistemology and the many incarnations and imitations of the scientific method, particularly in journalism), and I explored a few of the former Soviet Union’s 'frozen conflicts' as an MSc student in Conflict Studies (Department of Government) at the London School of Economics.
This is just a placeholder page while I make the rest of this site look nice and fancy.
Do come back soon. In the meantime, feel free to drop me a line at Sarah[dot]Murphy[at]gmail[dot]com
Want a few things to watch until we chat? The beautiful (and now very old) video below is a great place to start – it's a dark but important piece about women and solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. As all scrappy but lovely projects, it was a team effort. Scroll down for a couple more.
I’ll add a couple MSF productions from South Sudan and South Africa’s platinum belt here soon.
And here's a piece I produced about the social pressure to skin bleach in Ghana ... and the women who are pushing back against that pressure.