The coverage of migrants and refugees in the media has received intense scrutiny ever since the so-called 'migrant crisis' hit international headlines in 2015. Migrants have been portrayed in extreme binaries: as vulnerable bodies or as dangerous outsiders rarely as individuals with fully formed human stories.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the UK's plan to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda has also put a spotlight on how the media reports on migration issues, and the important role journalists play in explaining, contextualising and reducing prejudice. But recent media coverage has exposed that some migrants and crises are more visible than others. Even as the war in Ukraine grinds on, millions have been facing hunger in Ethiopia's Tigray region, hundreds of thousands remain displaced from their homes in Sudan's western Darfur region, while hundreds of people continue to die in dinghies in the Mediterranean.
This timely panel will bring together reporters with experience covering the migration issue in Europe, Africa and The Middle East. The panellists will delve into the perspectives of how media reports on migrants' stories and how we can engage in a more ethically-sound, trauma-informed reporting lens on migration and refugees issues.
Ismail Einashe is an award-winning journalist and writer who has written for BBC News, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Nation, among many others. At present, he is a Senior Journalist at Lost in Europe, a cross-border journalism project, which investigates the disappearance of child migrants in Europe. He has co-edited the book, Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere, a collection of essays on the representations of migrants and refugees in the European media. In 2021, he won the inaugural Investigative Journalism for the EU (IJ4EU) Impact Award as part of the Lost in Europe team. In 2019, he won a Migration Media Award and in 2020 he was shortlisted for the European Press Prize. He is also an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.
Sally Hayden is an award-winning journalist and photographer focused on migration, conflict and humanitarian crises. She is the author of My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route. She is currently the Africa correspondent for the Irish Times, and has also worked with VICE News, CNN International, the Financial Times, TIME, BBC, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times and Al Jazeera, among others. Sally has reported across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Her writing has been translated into nine languages and she has appeared on national and international media. In 2019, she was included on the Forbes '30 Under 30' list of media in Europe.
Daniel Trilling is an award-winning journalist and editor who writes for the Guardian, London Review of Books and others. He is the author of Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe and Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain's Far Right and an associate lecturer in journalism at London College of Communication, where he helps run the Refugee Journalism Project. His work has won prizes from the Migration Media Award and Human Trafficking Foundation and has been nominated for an Orwell Prize and an Amnesty Media Award.
Stephanie Hegarty is a journalist, writer and broadcaster working on digital platforms, radio and TV. Since 2018 she has been the BBC’s Population correspondent looking at demographic change and trends across the world and how it is altering the way we live. She spent three years working for the BBC in Nigeria covering Africa’s cultural and economic powerhouse and the challenges that it faced, from a struggling economy to insecurity and Boko Haram. She broke the story of the ransom paid for the Chibok girls and won the Foreign Press Association Award for Best Print and Web News Story of the Year, as well as the One World Digital Media Award and the Premio Luchetta.