The Handbook on Reporting Migration has been developed within the framework of the MOMENTA 2 (Migration Media Training Academy) project, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by ICMPD in 2020.
The handbook was developed in order to improve media migration reporting in the Eastern Partnership countries by cooperating with local journalism associations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Moreover, there was a need to create a model for comprehensive and systematic capacity building on migration reporting for media representatives.
The handbook on migration reporting was produced to help journalists create impartial, fact-based reporting in an engaging way. The handbook was developed in recognition of the role which media plays in shaping public opinion as well as informing the public on various policies on migration; the handbook has been tailored wherever possible to the needs of the Eastern Partnership region in terms of terminology and the obtainment of sources. Each chapter of the handbook can be used as a stand-alone section depending on the needs and knowledge gaps that the journalists want to fill. The handbook encompasses relevant migration reporting topics such as ethical foundations, trends in migration reporting and migration stories, interviews and the use of experts, data use, tools and resources.
Media experts from the University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the Media Policy Adviser to the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) created the handbook in close cooperation with the ICMPD project team and the project partners in the Eastern Partnership countries.