Media News - Friday, August 24, 2012
What can be done to improve media coverage of international migration in the Americas? More than 50 journalists, specialists, and NGO representatives met in 2011, in Austin, TX, to discuss this issue. The highlights of their discussion is now available in a digital booklet by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, "Media Coverage of Migration in the Americas," which can be downloaded in Spanish and English. Migration is more complicated than it seems, and its coverage is usually superficial, said participants in the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism inthe Americas, that took place between Sept. 20 and 22, 2011. To understand and cover migration in the Americas adequately, education, balance, and objective journalism are needed, they concluded. The booklet contains suggestions of more journalistic collaboration across countries and recommendations for a more humane and balanced portrayal of the migration phenomenon, going beyond the statistics and anecdotes of people crossing borders with or without papers. The book is not only about millions of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants that live in the U.S., but also about various migration flows among and within Latin American countries. (Knight Center)
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