Journalists interested in writing about immigration in America are encouraged to download a guide released by the Michigan State University School of Journalism. The online manual, which is formatted into a series of questions and answers, was developed by graduate students enrolled in an immigration course.
The guide aims to address common misconceptions and provide a better understanding of the immigrant and refugee experience. Some of the topics addressed include interviewing, ethical considerations and whether or not to give undocumented workers anonymity.
The guide is also an excellent resource for ensuring cultural sensitivity when reporting on immigration. It pays attention to relevant reporting issues such as language difficulties and respectful questioning.
To access the guide, “100 Questions and Answers About Reporting on Immigrants,” click here.