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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.
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”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
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.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.