Migration jumped to the top of the news agenda in 2015 with journalists in Europe, Middle East and Africa reporting the biggest mass movement of people around the world in recent history. Television screens and newspapers have been filled with stories about the appalling loss of life and suffering of thousands of people escaping war and poverty.

But how well are media coping with this story and how is migration being reported in other parts of the world? To answer these questions the Ethical Journalism Network published Moving Stories an international review of how media cover migration and created migration reporting guidelines in 2016 that have formed the basis for EJN training of journalists around Europe over the last few years.

In 2017, supporting media to cover migration with more accuracy and humanity continued to be a key part of the EJN’s work, culminating in the production of a 17-country study on how media on both sides of the Mediterranean report on migration for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and co-authoring a chapter to an IOM publication on improving data on missing migrants.In 2017 the EJN authored Media and Trafficking in Human Beings – Guidelines for the ICMPD.

 

Migration Reporting Guidelines

To provide support to journalists covering migration the EJN launched new guidelines in September 2016 at the Global Forum for Media Development. Download the guidelines here, or watch the video below explaining them by the EJN’s chair Dorothy Byrne.

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