I came across with Albert Durana’s PhD thesis on immigration and journalism.He defended his dissertation in University of the Basque Country and it is titled as ‘The profile of Basque journalists and their training in the social field of immigration.’
According to his findings, journalists are not trained to write articles, or report news on immigration and that causes failure in avoiding prejudices in their published work. The author remarks that social alarm should not be generated, ‘“If a prejudiced person is dangerous, then a journalist with prejudices is more so”.
Considering the tragic incident in Norway and remembering how it was reported in mass media, I strongly support his view that journalism requires further training on immigration. As he suggests, universities could offer programs or courses on this specific sub-topic in journalism programs.
I thought about a course title, and here is my suggestion ‘Journalism in Diverse Spaces’ I will start working on a course syllabus.. When? As soon as the dissertation is done!