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AUSTIN FORUM

Austin Forum 2011

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Journalists issue call for more humanized, in-depth coverage of migration at 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas

After gathering Sept. 8-10 for the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, more than 50 journalists and experts from 20 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean have decided to look at ways to collaborate across countries, covering immigration in a more humanizing, balanced way, recognizing that immigration is a regional issue that is about more than just reporting on people crossing borders with or without papers: immigration coverage means stories need to be written about the migrants themselves, families, historical explanations for migration, investigations into government policies, health issues, economic and social factors, education, housing and myriad other components that make up migration. Read more »


Keynote Sandy Close criticizes “communication apartheid” between ethnic and mainstream media

“The immigrant is the prophet of the future, it is who we are becoming,” said Sandy Close in her keynote speech at the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas on Saturday, Sept. 10. Close, executive editor and director for New America Media, detailed her early experience with ethnic media in San Francisco and spoke about its potential to transform coverage of immigrant communities in the United States and abroad at the forum, which was themed "Media Coverage of Migration in the Americas." Read more »


Panel on Caribbean migration opens 2nd day of Austin Forum

Day two of the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas started Saturday morning with a panel on Caribbean migration. Wesley Gibbins of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers; Colette Lespinasse, a Haitian radio host; Gotson Pierre of Alterpresse in Haiti; and María Isabel Soldevila of Listín Diario and the Pontífica Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, discussed the topic and its coverage in the media. Read more »


Media ignore the precariousness of migrants detained in Mexico


Leaky roofs, wet mattresses, lack of drinking water, children separated from their parents and indefinite periods of detention are just some of the problems with migrant stations and immigrant detention centers in southern Mexico, said Fabián Sánchez, of the organization i(dh)eas, during the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Austin Forum keynote urges journalists to move beyond official sources to improve immigration coverage

"You can't imagine El Salvador without immigrants," said José Luis Benítez, keynote speaker for the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. But despite immigrants' key role in the social and economic fabric of Central America and Mexico, journalistic coverage of this transnational population is often framed as sensational crime and tragic victimization, or national heroism. Read more »


Journalists, experts call for more accurate, in-depth coverage of immigration during opening panel of 9th Austin Forum

When it comes to immigration coverage, the importance of in-depth reporting, going beyond stereotypes, and avoiding the use of dehumanizing terms like "illegal" are just some of the themes that emerged during the panel discussion that opened the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Journalists from throughout the Americas gather to discuss media coverage of migration at 9th Austin Forum

About 50 journalists and experts from 20 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean are gathering Sept. 8-10, 2011, in Austin, Texas, for the 9th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. This year's annual meeting is themed "Media Coverage of Migration in the Americas." Read more »


Crossing Borders in the Americas: Knight Center to host digital photo exhibit, panel on media coverage of migration

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is hosting an innovative, all-digital photo exhibit and panel discussion on covering migration in the Americas as part of the 2011 Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


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