By Christopher Warren
Australia is a country of migrants, a diverse, multi-cultural society with about 28 per cent born overseas in 200 countries and a further 20 per cent having at least one parent born overseas. Net migration drives up population by about 200,000 a year, with 800,000 arriving in the past four years.
Yet this story is largely absent from the Australian media which, in both news and entertainment, too often acts as though it is telling stories about and often to only one segment of society.
But as mainstream media fractures and social media spreads, political-elite consensus on race is breaking and journalism is being challenged. And as asylum seekers filter in, their use as a political tool demands new understanding and new ways to inform our communities. Yet the usual journalist focus on conflict means the real migration story of a society absorbing and adapting to change is missing.
This article is taken from the Ethical Journalism Network's report 'Moving Stories - International Review of How Media Cover Migration'
About the author
Christopher Warren is an Australian journalist whose family migrated to Australia between 1820 and 1910. He is currently affiliated with the JSK journalism program at Stanford University. He is the former Federal Secretary of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (Australia) and immediate past President of the International Federation of Journalists. President of the International Federation of Journalists.
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