Reporting on Migration in South Africa: A Guide for Journalists and Editors

October 2019

The media has an important role to play in changing perceptions and reshaping the conversations around migration. Sensationalist or over-simplified stories on migration or xenophobia can perpetuate or even encourage violence. It is therefore important to write about cross-border migration in a way that is responsible and educational. This guide was written with the understanding that journalists and editors work under immense pressure. It provides helpful guidelines when reporting on migration and pointers on how to avoid common pitfalls.

Loren Landau and Silindile Mlilo contributed to the guide.

Sonke Gender Justice and Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (2019). Reporting on Migration in South Africa: A Guide for Journalists and Editors. Sonke Gender Justice, Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, African Centre for Migration and Society, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants South Africa, and Lawyers for Human Rights: South Africa.

The report can be accessed here.

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Timothyreply
November 15, 2019 at 6:19 am

Modern Southern Africa has been shaped by migration and displacement. Historically, South Africans have been forced to move, while the country’s resources have been extracted by workers from across South Africa and the wider region. Migration has shaped who we are today. The way in which migration is reported on can have damaging, and even fatal, impacts. Media pieces on migration tend to focus on negative imaging and consequences of cross-border migration, without taking into account the wealth and diversity that comes along with it. This guide is written with the understanding that journalists and editors work under immense pressure.

Michaelreply
November 30, 2019 at 2:56 am

List of referrals for you to have on hand during interviews and expert organisations to reach out to

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