Migration Reporting

JRN449, Fall 2022

Week 11 Reflection!

This week’s reading made me think about the behind the scenes of journalism. Who writes the news? And, how are they told to cover it? These questions are even more important when we think about news coverage in moments of crisis. The Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020 following the murder of

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Afghan Refugees Carry Islam With Them – Draft 1

“[My father] was not financially very good. The only thing I believe that he gave me was his faith. So, I am Muslim,” says the soft-spoken Sughra Bakhtiari, in an interview for Princeton University’s Refugee and Forced Migration Initiative (RFMI). “I believe Islam is the best religion, but its followers are the worst,” she continues. 

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Syria on his Mind: Anwar al-Bunni’s Mission to Bring War Criminals to Justice

Anwar al-Bunni has lived in Berlin for eight years, but does not speak any German and has yet to explore the city.  “I don’t go to the museums and discover Berlin. I just go from my home to my office. It’s a problem for my wife for sure,” joked Bunni. Bunni, 63, is a lawyer

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Week 11 Memo

In JRN449, we have immense freedom with what we can write about. A few factors that have motivated our topic selections likely include: curiosity about a phenomenon, personal attachment to a topic, availability of contacts, and existing knowledge base. I’ve definitely wondered if my topic is too frivolous more than once, but generally, I don’t

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Srishti – Lede, Nut Graf, Sneak Peek

When Hiba first escaped to Germany from Syria in 2016, she was alone with her daughter and pregnant with her son. She was excited to finally reunite with her husband, who had moved to Berlin four months prior to their arrival. She could never have imagined the life she’s living now, six years hence. For

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Week 10 post

Ronald J. Deibert’s “Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society” exposed me to the often-unconsidered environmental consequences of technological development. Deibert’s fourth chapter argues that we must consider the impact that technology has not just on our governments, culture, and individual psychology, but also on the environment. As Deibert walks through the streets of Delhi,

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When one man becomes two: Rami Jarrah on his changing sense of self

In 2003, Rami Jarrah was driving in the U.A.E. when a police car began to chase him. The two cars collided and the police car flew forward into the U.S. embassy. As punishment, Jarrah was deported to Syria. It was his first time in Damascus, his parents’ hometown.  “I got stuck there. I hated it,”

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A Free Syrian Student, Finally Free

Mahmoud Mandou was running late to a meeting he had been invited to at a coffee shop in the centre of Damascus, Syria. The meeting had been called by Abdullah Al-Zoubi, his friend and fellow co-founder of the ‘Union of Free Syrian Students’, a revolutionary group launched by the students of Al-Baath University in Homs.

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Week 9 reading, embedding

What’s the line between being a good reporter and being an unethical one? From embedding to befriending to disguising, at what point does one’s proximity–and even involvement–in a subject make it hard to fairly report on? I think all the pieces that we read for this week demonstrate how that line depends on the journalist’s

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The Weight of the World: Masooma Said

Masooma Said, like the entire rest of Afghanistan, was at Kabul Airport trying to evacuate her family last August when the Taliban took over the country again. She plunged into a frigid canal surrounded by men, where electrical wires tore through her hijab, and waved her UN ID and documents over her head, trying desperately

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