Can the Media Make Us More Welcoming?

Can the Media Make Us More Welcoming?


Is the European media reflecting the “refugee crisis” or helping create it? This is the question posed by Myria Georgiou from LSE Communications in her project analysing how newspapers in nine European countries covered the so-called refugee crisis in 2015.

Myria’s seemingly impossible idea is for the media to be more productive in helping us understand complex issues around migration.

How did European press cover the refugee crisis?

How did the press coverage change over time?

How does coverage differ between countries and regions in Europe?

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You may be interested in European Journalism Observatory’s study of how reporters across Europe covered the drowning of Aylan Kurdi.

This research has analysed 43 million words of news published in British papers from 2010 to 2012. It finds that “illegal” is the most frequent modifier for the word “migrant”, and “failed” the most frequent modifier for “asylum-seeker.”

Myria and others presented their research at the 2016 POLIS “Journalism in Crisis” conference. Here’s the audio.

Myria Georgiou

Myria is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Media and Communications, LSE. She has a PhD in Sociology from LSE, an MSc in Journalism from Boston University, and a BA in Sociology from Panteion University, Athens. Her research focuses on the media and the city; urban technologies and politics of connection; and the ways in which migration and diaspora are politically, culturally, and morally constituted in the context of mediation. For more than 20 years she has been conducting and leading cross-national and trans-urban research across Europe, as well as between British and American cities.

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