Last Thursday I attended the #Polis2016 conference at LSE, London UK. This post is about some of the ideas that came out from a session on Reporting Refugees.
1) Victims or heroes - There was quite a lot of discussion about how sometimes the stories journalists present about refugees frame them as being helpless and needy victims. But a cursory reflection on the determination needed for a refugee to start and continue on their journey indicates the exact opposite.
3) Do the public only want the simplified 3 minute summary? Some of the panels discussion was about how the roots of the refugee situation went back a fair way in time and were complicated. Similarly trying to simplify descriptions of what is happening now to fit "3 minute" slots for TV could present a cartoon like depiction of reality.
"We [the media] tend to compartmentalise issues such as ISIS, #Syria & the #RefugeeCrisis." - @clarissaward at #Polis2016
.@ClarissaWard: 'Good storytelling is good storytelling. It doesn't matter what language is spoken or God is prayed to.' #Polis2016
4) Some other ideas and background to reporting on refugees
A Syrian Refugee Shared His Struggle To Reach Europe In Real-Time On WhatsApp
Interesting debates this morning at #Polis2016 about reporting the refugee crisis. See our special report on this:
PS In an earlier post I summarised the key ideas and quotes from Jon Snow's opening address on whether journalists can win back the public's trust. Since then Charlie Becket has tweeted a graphic of what Jon talked about. Its a great summary - you may want to read my earlier post to understand some of the headlines in it.