Thursday, July 30, 2009
Media coverage of immigration -- indeed, even the terminology used -- can dramatically affect the public perception of immigration and immigrants. The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) recently published a guide that aims to be a useful resource for journalists seeking to improve coverage of immigration. Titled "Covering Immigration," the guide was written by Stephen Franklin and Teresa Puente. The handbook is available in English and Spanish, in PDF or interactive formats. According to the ICFJ website, "[t]he guide focuses on avoiding and breaking stereotypes, cultivating sources, and ethics in immigration coverage. It also offers an analysis of the roots of immigration and a list of sources and resources for journalists."
Hat tip to my old Cal chum, Bill Hinchberger, editor of BrazilMax (www.brazilmax.com).