Changing the Narrative on Migration

*** Update June 2022 *** 

The Changing the Narrative journalist training and networking program concluded in June 2022. For final projects from the participants, please visit this page. 


Changing the Narrative 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.

About Changing the Narrative

Are you a journalist or media professional working on refugee issues or have a desire to do so? With nearly 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, and rising anti-migrant rhetoric and hate speech, it is imperative to build capacity for reporting on refugee and migration issues ethically and accurately. We are pleased to send you this call for participants for the upcoming “Changing the Narrative” project. The training programme will bring together a group of 12 journalists and media professionals from across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to develop skills and capacity for reporting on refugee issues.

The programme will help strengthen media coverage of migration and refugee issues through skills building, networking, sharing of experiences, and learning more from experts in this field. The training will take place online in January; on-site visits and other exposure activities may be planned depending on pandemic restrictions.

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.

Project Coordinator is Erin Green (

The project is supported by Otto per Mille (OPM) foundation of the Waldensian Church in Italy.