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Journalistic practices in the representation of Europe’s 2014–2016 migrant and refugee crisis

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Since its surge in 2014, the migrant and refugee crisis has been a major issue for the European community, not only impacting the geopolitical, economic, societal and humanitarian sectors but also challenging media practices, narratives and framings. This special issue investigates journalistic routines, norms and representations of migrants and refugees in western mainstream and digital media by questioning innovations in journalistic practices. Drawing on a wide range of case studies and various methodological approaches, the contributions in this issue, both from scholars and practitioners, analyse different journalistic ecosystems and visual narratives. Have stereotypical portrayals of migrants and refugees from previous episodes of massive displacement been challenged? How were the visual politics of migration shaped by a humanization discourse? To what extent did editorial choices and newswork routines adapt to this type of crisis reporting? How have media narratives shifted through several western contexts to engage audiences into this human tragedy? In the end, this issue aims at exploring a variety of dynamic approaches related to the media perspective on representations of migration and refugee studies, in the light of new potentials offered by storytelling and immersive forms of journalism.
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Keywords: crisis reporting; journalistic practices; media routines; migration crisis; refugees; visual representations

Document Type: Introduction

Affiliations: 1: SStat, canton of Fribourg and Academy of Journalism and Media, University of Neuchâtel 2: CERAH, University of Geneva and Graduate Institute

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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