Migration Reporting: Guidelines and Assessment

Full Migration Guide here. Journalism about migration has come under close scrutiny and not infrequent criticism, largely for shallowness, prejudice and exaggeration. The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), a London-based NGO that follows media coverage of migration, has created migration reporting guidelines. The five-point guidelines urge:

Facts not bias
Know the law
Show humanity
Speak for all
Challenge hate

Journalism about migration, unfortunately, often falls short of these goals, according to several recent studies. “Censorship, particularly self-censorship,” begins a list of infirmities written by Aidan White, a journalist who founded EJN, and Ann Singleton, senior research fellow at the University of Bristol and senior advisor to International Organization of Migration’s Global Migration and Data Analysis Centre (IOM).