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Missing the Boat?

Romano, Angela R. (2007) Missing the Boat? In Reporting on Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Walkley Media Forum, 19 June 2007, Regatta Hotel, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Are journalists missing the boat when it comes to covering refugee and asylum seeker in issues? Angela Romano explores past complaints about journalists' performance and whether their coverage has changed or improved in recent years. She finds that the situation has improved overall. However, she also identifies ongoing problems in some journalists' continuing use of 'loaded' language, failure to extend contacts with a wide range of potential interviewees and information sources, and limited inclusion of background in their stories about asylum seekers and refugees. These problems mean that the stories are far less meaningful and resonant to media audiences than they might otherwise be.

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ID Code: 14110
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: journalism, reporting, news media, refuguees, asylum seekers, boat people, illegal immigrants, illegals
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Angela R. Romano
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:01

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