Changing the Narrative on Migration

A new project beginning in 2021 aims to strengthen and expand comprehensive and accurate news coverage of migration and asylum through skills building, networking, and knowledge of migration realities for journalists from Africa, Middle East and Europe.

WACC Europe, in cooperation with WACC’s regional associations in Africa and the Middle East, will enable a networking and exposure programme for up to 12 journalists, focused on developing in-depth reporting skills and contacts. The project is supported by Otto per Mille (OPM) foundation of the Waldensian Church in Italy.

The project will support journalists seeking to explore root causes of forced migration, the realities faced by migrants in transit, and the experiences of migrants and refugees in host communities. The journalists, coming from at least 6 different countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa, will be selected through an application process opening later this year.

The project steering committee includes, from WACC Europe: Stephen Brown (president), Alba Sabaté Gauxachs and Julienne Munyaneza; from WACC Africa: Mathilde Kpalla (president); from WACC Middle East: Rania Rashad, regional representative on the WACC Board of Directors; WACC staff liaison: Sara Speicher