New Approaches To Migration Coverage

26 October 2018. From 09:00 | Workshop | Catalan | IEMed, Barcelona
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The “refugee crisis” of 2015 and the persistence of irregular migration across the Mediterranean have once again placed migration as one of the main topics on the media agenda. The media regularly reports on spectacular and dramatic events, such as shipwrecks or rescues, or provides statistical information with counts of arrivals in Europe and fatalities, or covers meetings and decisions on the issue at state or EU level. The fragmentation and diversity of these messages only underscore the difficulty of reporting on such a complex fact as international migration and its impact on key economic, social and security issues for daily life in an increasingly interconnected world.
Is journalism capable of providing a comprehensive view on migrations in a critical sense that does not criminalize immigrants and explains their contribution to societies? How is it reported in both the European and North African media? What difficulties are there to portrait immigration? Or to tell the stories of immigrants crossing the Sahel or living in Libya or Mount Gurugú in Morocco? Are there any unknowns for public opinion that investigative journalism could reveal?
In the framework of the 1st edition of the program “Connecting Med ‘Journalists. Getting the full story”, the seminar “New approaches to migration coverage. Immigration and media in the western Mediterranean”, was born with the intention of jointly analyze the challenges of journalism in the region and issue proposals for better professional practice while promoting links between journalists from both shores of the western Mediterranean.