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Data-Based Pilot Study Looks into Characteristics of Migration Coverage

28 February 2013 | PROJECT NEWS


A fuller picture of migration journalism

A comparative analysis of media coverage of migration issues in five countries, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, showed that:

  • at face value, mainstream news media are broadly adhering to journalistic standards when covering migration;
  • migration is, however, frequently framed and presented in a way that may counteract the spirit of journalism ethics;
  • the reporting agenda is strongly influenced by a national focus and has deficits where the big picture of migration is concerned.

The findings of the study were presented and discussed at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). 

The study was carried out by the EJC, in cooperation with the University of King’s College (Canada), the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (France), Deutsche Welle Akademie (Germany), Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (The Netherlands), and the University of Missouri (United States). The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provided expert advice, and the Open Society Fund to Counter Xenophobia co-funded the project.

Comparative Pilot Study on Media Coverage of Migration
Wishing to evaluate the quality and pertinence of migration coverage by mainstream media, particularly in election period, the EJC conducted an experimental, data-driven research project, analysing migration reporting in the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, France, and Germany. The study was conducted together with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.