Reporting at the southern borders: journalism and public debates on immigration in the US and the EU

Giovanna Dell'Orto, Vicki L. Birchfield

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Undocumented immigration across the Mediterranean and the US-Mexican border is one of the most contested transatlantic public and political issues, raising fundamental questions about national identity, security and multiculturalism--all in the glare of news media themselves undergoing dramatic transformations. This interdisciplinary, international volume fills a major gap in political science and communication literature on the role of news media in public debates over immigration by providing unique insider's perspectives on journalistic practices and bringing them into dialogue with scholars and immigrant rights practitioners. After providing original comparative research by established and emerging international affairs and media scholars as well as grounded reflections by UN and IOM practitioners, the book presents candid, in-depth assessments by nine leading European and North American journalists covering immigration from the frontlines, ranging from the Guardian's Southern Europe editor to the immigration reporter for the Arizona Republic. Their comparative reflections on the professional, institutional and technological constraints shaping news stories offer unprecedented insight into the challenges and opportunities for 21st century journalism to affect public discourse and policymaking about issues critical to the future of the transatlantic space, making the book relevant across a wide range of scholarship on the media's impact on public affairs
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages286
ISBN (Electronic)9780203499795, 0203499794
ISBN (Print)9780415835886, 0415835887
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in global information, politics and society


  • Immigrants
  • Press coverage
  • European Union


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