Journalistic approach to migration-related issues : initial training in Senegal
In July 2022, the Dialogues Migrations [Dialogues on Migration] project launched its first activities in Dakar aimed at boosting skills.
Eight trainers from four countries (Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania and Niger) received training to deliver two courses: the balanced ethical handling of migration-related issues by the media and the fight against false information on the subject of migration. These two courses will then be attended by twenty journalists in each of the partner countries.
Working in collaboration with the TDS Group, a consulting and technical assistance firm, the multidisciplinary team tasked with supervising this workshop was composed of a fact-checking expert (Donatien Koffi Kanghah), a migration expert (Sana Bousbih) and a media expert (Rafika Bendermel).
The training sessions provoked rich discussions and created a space for networking with Senegalese civil society stakeholders active in the areas of media and migration, such as AfricTivistes, who are partners in the project, the Réseau des journalistes en migrations et sécurité du Sénégal [network of migration and security journalists in Senegal] and the International Women’s Network.
Launched in 2021, Dialogues Migrations contributes to the development of an inclusive public debate aimed at changing the way that migration is portrayed in the public arena and by the media. It promotes the responsible discussion of migration by offering training and support for content production to media outlets and journalism schools. It encourages the sharing of points of view and experiences with all those involved in the area of migration.