photo made by Karol Grygoruk – Lesbos 2019
Development journalists cover issues and contexts far from their own, and they can more easily slip into using stereotypes, for granted assumptions, misinterpretations or use of unethical practice.
The majority of the coverage on world events – migration and development included – takes place from behind a desk. Reporting from the ground is still desperately needed to boost engagement on these issues. This, however, means journalists have to acquire a set of new skills and perspectives to cope with the dilemmas and challenges of covering distant contexts.
Despite recent controversies, migration has a long history. Human movement has always been a central strategy of adapting to environmental stress and social pressures. This chapter tries to shed light to this phenomenon.