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New ICFJ Guide for Journalists Covering Immigration

August 25, 2009 - Posted by Mario Moreno

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit organization promoting independent, quality journalism worldwide   recently published a guide that can serve as a useful resource for journalists seeking to cover immigration in a fair and meaningful way.


The guide is titled "Covering Immigration". Here’s a short introduction on their guide as featured on their website:



Tackling this sensitive issue is not easy. It often requires an understanding of public policy and immigration law, an appreciation of U.S. history and our social dynamics, and an ability to convey in a compelling, even-handed way the everyday stories of immigrants. It is important not to stereotype, sensationalize or oversimplify the issues and the lives of the people you interview. 


The 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 on all sides of the issue.

Journalists interested in downloading this resource can do so at:



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