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TU Re­searchers Compile UNESCO Handbook for Journalism Education Worldwide

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Digital presentation of the handbook “Reporting on Migrants and Refugees” with the three editors: Professor Susanne Fengler (top right), Anna-Carina Zappe (top row, 2nd from the right) and Monika Lengauer (2nd row from the top, on the left).

Three researchers from the Erich Brost In­sti­tute for International Journalism (EBI) at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity have produced a handbook for UNESCO on reporting on migration and flight. This is the first time that a UNESCO handbook, which sets the standards for journalism education worldwide, has been compiled by a German journalism institute. On 15 July, UNESCO presented the Dort­mund researchers’ handbook to a global audience at a con­fe­rence in Nairobi or­ga­nized by the “International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)”.

The handbook, which is about 300 pages long, is based on six years of preparatory work, ex­ten­sive scientific analyses by the team from TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, and numerous in­ter­na­tio­nal conferences and workshops related to reporting on migration and flight – in the destination coun­tries of migrants and refugees as well as in their coun­tries of origin and the transit coun­tries. Editorial offices there frequently lack know-how and resources: A study by the EBI has shown that African media often simply adopt the agenda of European media when it comes to the topic of migration – their own perspective, especially on the causes of flight and migration, is lacking.

Comprehensive manual missing until now

When the proj­ect was presented, Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, praised the handbook as a “milestone”. Professor Susanne Fengler, Academic Director of the Erich Brost In­sti­tute, says: “Although the topic of migration dominates the headlines worldwide again and again, seeing to heated discussions and deciding election results, until now there has been no comprehensive manual for journalists. Yet it is precisely this group that has a key role to play in the public debate.” Susanne Fengler is the editor of the handbook, together with Monika Lengauer and Anna-Carina Zappe. 34 in­ter­na­tio­nal guest authors have contributed to the proj­ect, which was funded by Germany’s Foreign Office and the Robert Bosch Foun­da­tion.

Trauma-sensitive reporting

The handbook “Reporting on Migrants and Refugees” is designed to be inter­dis­ci­plin­ary and intended for journalism institutes, educators and students as well as media professionals throughout the world. Thirteen chapters convey, on the one hand, basic knowledge about the underlying conditions, reasons and impacts of flight and migration – tailored to the needs of prospective and practicing journalists. “They need quick access to reliable and up-to-date facts and figures, and they need to be able to double-check that they are using the correct terminology. The handbook offers both, as well as providing practical solutions for teaching, journalism studies, and everyday editorial work,” says Monika Lengauer, co-author of the handbook. On the other hand, the handbook looks at questions related to the profession and im­por­tant worldwide for media makers and editorial offices: Which re­search findings on migration reporting are available? What impact does the latter have on the audience? And how can stories be presented in a creative way and brought to the market? “It’s also about empowering journalists in their ethical res­pon­si­bi­li­ty. This includes being personally affected. The handbook is therefore also concerned with trauma-sensitive reporting,” stresses Anna-Carina Zappe, co-author of the handbook.

The handbook is available in English, translations into French and Arabic will follow shortly, and other languages are planned. “The fact that the Erich Brost In­sti­tute at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity was allowed to compile such a politically sensitive publication for UNESCO is also a sign of the trust and esteem that the institute enjoys worldwide,” said Susanne Fengler on the occasion of the in­ter­na­tio­nal presentation of the handbook.


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The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

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The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

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