"Covering Refugee Stories" the new handbook - Al Jazeera Media Institute
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"Covering Refugee Stories" the new handbook

The Al Jazeera Media Institute (AJMI) presented today its new handbook Covering Refugee Stories, a collaborative publication that tackles challenges and provides practical advice and tips on how to report ethically on refugees. It is divided into the different stages that the journalist has to follow to produce a story, from the preparation to post-coverage follow-up.

The handbook underscores sensitive elements and nuances surrounding the lives, circumstances and struggles of refugees, that require a specific approach from the journalist to avoid pitfalls. In this sense, some of the most relevant topics covered by the publication are the risks of using loose language and confusing terms; how to avoid stereotyping; how to overcome so-called “compassion fatigue”; and how to document human rights abuses, among others.

Covering Refugee Stories is written by Kareem Shaheen, correspondent in Turkey and the Middle East for The Guardian, and edited by the AJMI. It also features contributions from Al Jazeera correspondents and producers, that have covered the current refugee crisis, such as Mohammed Al Bakkali, from AJA,  Shadi Rahimi, from AJ+, Mohammed Jamjoon, from AJE, and Montaser Marai, from the AJMI.

The handbook is the fourth published by the AJMI, as part of its strategy of translating both Al Jazeera’s and regional expertise into transferrable knowledge so that journalists, j-school students and other media professionals can benefit and enhance their skill set.

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