Broadcast: Events

Journalism and Refugees

Friday 20 October 12:30 until 14:00
Arts C, C333
Speaker: Dr Giovanna Dell'Orto
Part of the series: SCMR Migration Seminar Series

ABSTRACT: The large-scale flow and integration of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers has been one of the most critical developments facing Europe since the end of the Cold War. It is also inescapable in the public sphere that, riveted by viral images and headlines of drowned children and truck-hijacking terrorists, is torn apart by opposed humanitarian and security pulls. Based on the premise that the news media help shape not only public opinion but also policy permissibility parameters, this lecture addresses how journalists have covered Europe's "refugees crisis," offering comparisons with coverage of migrant flows in the Americas. Beyond media frames, the talk addresses the story behind the stories – what does it take for journalists to cover one of the most fraught yet crucial problems for our societies in an era when most people get their news from social media, and trust in the news media is at historical lows?


Giovanna Dell’Orto is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (Minneapolis, USA), where she received her Ph.D. (2004); she is affiliated faculty at the university’s Center for German and European Studies and Department of Political Science. Dell’Orto teaches and researches the interplay between news, journalistic practices and international affairs, especially migration, topics she has lectured about to academic and professional audiences from China to Chile, from Finland to New Zealand. A former newswoman with The Associated Press, she is the author of four books on journalism and international affairs, most recently AP Foreign Correspondents in Action: World War II to the Present and American Journalism and International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2015 and 2013). She is also the co-editor, with Vicki Birchfield, of Reporting at the Southern Borders: Journalism and Public Debates on Immigration in the U.S. and the E.U. (Routledge: 2013).

By: Sarah Scuzzarello
Last updated: Monday, 11 September 2017