Yonder article discusses how to stop “poverty porn”

Nonprofits can avoid contributing to “poverty porn” by following a few simple rules, say Aaron Phelps of FAHE.

Phelps’ essay appeared in the Daily Yonder and had a flurry of social media shares and comments .

Phelps said organizations should be wary of working with media that appear to want only one side of the story and aren’t interested in solutions. Here’s his explanation of poverty porn:

Appalachia has always had a problem with media outlets wanting to boost their sales by exploiting “poverty porn.” They come get photos and stories of handpicked, downtrodden people, and instead of offering solutions or asking for change, they quote people of privilege whose answer is that poor people should pick up and leave. Or they blame whichever political party they oppose. They are like a carnival barker hawking a sociological sideshow: “Step right up and see a Third World country in your own backyard!”

Phelps said organizations should work with media that are willing to show solutions, not just problems.