Journalists from All Over the World Cooperate to Strengthen Migration Coverage

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Journalists from All Over the World Cooperate to Strengthen Migration Coverage

 

• Close to 20 nations, connected by one intention: to improve the quality of international migration reporting.

• The “Journalism in a Global Context” Spring School in Dakar aims to strengthen an intercultural approach to one of the most momentous issues of the globalized world.
• Trained journalists will received grants to report on migration issues for a period of one year

Dakar (Senegal), 19 March 2018 – Africa and Europe-based institutions just concluded a weeklong training in Dakar to deepen understanding of migration-related issues and strengthen its media coverage on the continent. The workshop has received generous support from the Germany-based Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism of TU Dortmund University, the German magazine Africa Positive, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the African Media Initiative (AMI).

The Spring School brought together 28 journalists from Europe and Africa and enabled them to work together on profound and constructive migration stories. The training was also an opportunity for scholars from the fields of development studies, demography and political studies to provide rich and diverse perspectives into the conversation around migration. The research resulting from this event is expected to be integrated in leading media outlets such as The Nation (Nigeria), DIE ZEIT and Spiegel Online (Germany), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), The Ethiopian Herald or CRTV (Cameroon).

The central idea of the project was to connect journalists from Europe and Africa to work together on migration stories – an idea that finally came to life in Dakar. From March 11-17 March, the West African Research Center (WARC) in the Senegalese capital became a dynamic hub for print, TV, radio and online journalists from all over the world — from Greece to Uganda, from Ethiopia to Slovakia. The shared aim was to collaborate on stories connected to migration – and in the process to strengthen the intercultural understanding of the topic.

“African migrants who head to Europe through the desert and the Mediterranean are not traveling to look for a better life; they head out in search of life. It is a life and death option for them and they choose life!” said Eric Chinje, Senior Advisor at the African Media Initiative (AMI), who holds the view that intercontinental migration and the reasons behind the movements are underrepresented in many African media. Hence his support to the “Journalism in a Global Context” (JiGC) project, which started in 2015 in Dortmund, Germany.

“The international coverage on migration is often very Euro-centric – at the same time, coverage of migration in many African countries has too many blank spots”, says Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler, Director of the Germany-based Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism of TU Dortmund University. “We want to promote a realistic image of Africa, exempted from negative clichés such as hunger, drought and sicknesses – but also exempted from positive clichés such as wild animals and romantic sunsets”, adds Veye Tatah, founder of Africa Positive.

The training is part of a larger project that includes content creation and promotion, training as well as research on the different forms of migration. Participating journalists have established a network of specialized reporters on migration issues and will act as a community of practice for purposes of cross-fertilization and peer mentorship.

About AMI
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth. It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa. For more information, visitwww.africanmediainitiative.org or contact Alain Ngono on +254789153827 or via email at angono@africanmediainitiative.org

About Africa Positive
The association “Africa Positive” was founded in 1998 by the Cameroonian Veye Tatah and has set itself the goal, with the help of its eponymous magazine, to contribute to the integration of Africans living in Germany and other new citizens. The magazine is based on an African-German collaboration and represents a counterpoint to the predominantly negative media coverage of Africa. The magazine AFRICA POSITIVE is currently available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

About Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
The Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism is based in Dortmund and was founded in 1991. Its mission is to enrich coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. It promotes art and cultural exchange in exhibitions, dialogue and conference programmes. As a competence centre for international cultural relations, the institute connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media and science. It initiates, moderates and documents discussions on international cultural relations. The institute
is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg and its capital Stuttgart.

About the Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH (Robert Bosch Foundation), a charitable institution, is one of the leading private foundations of Europe that is known for its promotion of natural and social sciences, including public health and science, education, society and culture, and international relations. Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung aims to advance the philanthropic and social endeavors of founder Robert Bosch (1861–1942).
The foundation operates three facilities for health and research in Stuttgart: the Robert Bosch Hospital (Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus), the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and the Institute for the History of Medicine, which houses the private papers of the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann.

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