Islamabad, Pakistan: The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in collaboration with Ethical Journalism Network (ENJ), is holding a virtual training course on “Raising Awareness on Migration through Media Reporting.” Seven leading media houses from Pakistan nominated 19 senior journalists, media personals and freelancers for the three week course which is taking place between 1st and 24th June.
This course is designed around - and based on - the outcomes of a series of consultations held in December 2020 with a group of senior Pakistani media representatives, followed by one on one consultations with bureau chiefs and media heads earlier this year. These consultations helped to identify the needs of journalists in Pakistan wanting to cover migration professionally and responsibly. It was clear from the discussions that there is a lack of migration reporting as well as a lack of knowledge on the complexities involved with migration.
This training brings in national and international experts who are providing the participants with a better understanding of migration, practical experiences from the field, effective ways to eliminate hate speech and combat misinformation while reporting on migration. The training also equips attendees with the skills of storytelling and pitching stories and ideas to their editors. Upon completion of the training course, ten selected participants will receive a financial grant and mentoring by international media experts on how to best cover migration stories and publish them in their respective newspaper/ across their channels by November 2021.
Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, this training course aims to strengthen the capacity of national and local media to allow for expanded, accurate and timely reporting on migration. In addition, the training will also benefit the Pakistani media by increasing their awareness about various government initiatives and programmes on migration. The media can help promote safe, orderly and regular migration by accurately portraying the true realities of irregular migration and its consequences faced by migrants as well as their families.