PRESS RELEASE: Migration reporting toolkit for journalists launches on World Refugee Day

The Ethical Journalism Network has worked with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) to develop an online resource for journalists reporting on migration.

The toolkit can be accessed here: http://e-learning.fra.europa.eu

Help is at hand for media professionals seeking to enhance the quality of their work when reporting about migration, as FRA releases a new e-learning platform developed by journalists for journalists to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June.

The online e-Media Toolkit provides first-hand assistance to media professionals with learning resources, training courses, and opportunities to share and interact in three sections:

  1. Learning: allows users to take courses in which journalists or editors of leading media outlets share their real-life newsroom dilemmas of reporting on migration.
  2. Training: provides material for media trainers to design their own courses.
  3. Sharing: ethical journalism principles. allows users to interact with other users through forum discussions on fundamental rights.

Users can also propose new courses or download the news examples for further discussion among peers.

Drawing on input from leading media outlets like Agence France-Presse, Le MondeThe GuardianRadio France InternationalFrance TV, the BBC, and the Financial Times, the toolkit offers wide-ranging guidance on covering migration from different types of media.

This includes how to ethical reporting treating people fairly and with dignity, balancing accuracy, impartiality and humanity as well as the importance of context in providing balanced, impartial coverage.

FRA developed this toolkit together with the European Broadcasting Union and the Ethical Journalism Network with the support of the European Federation of Journalists. It builds on the popular 2008 Diversity Toolkit that FRA also developed in close partnership with the European Broadcasting Union.

Access the toolkit here: http://e-learning.fra.europa.eu

Other coverage of the toolkit

EJN migration reporting resources

The toolkit draws on resources developed by the Ethical Journalism Network, including:

EJN Contact details:

Hannah Storm – EJN Director and CEO

Tom Law – EJN Deputy Director

Website: www.ethicaljournalismnetwork.org  

Twitter: @EJNetwork

About the Ethical Journalism Network

The Ethical Journalism Network is an alliance of reporters, editors and publishers aiming to strengthen journalism around the world. We work to build trust in news media through training; education and research because we believe that fact-based communications delivered by well-trained and ethical media professionals are essential to help people better understand the world around them.

The EJN is a coalition of more than 70 groups of journalists, editors, press owners and media support groups from across the globe and we are growing. We are a registered UK charity and supervised by a Board of Trustees and an international network of advisors.