Migrant Voice report: Heroes, Threats & Victims

16 December 2020: Migrant Voice:

As part of our International Migrants Day celebrations, we’re launching the first major report to analyse UK media coverage of migration during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the report here. https://www.migrantvoice.org/img/upload/Migrant_Voice_Media_Monitoring_Report-December_2020.pdf

For this report, we analysed almost 900 news stories across nine of the UK’s most popular media outlets to answer these questions: Did we really see a shift to positive coverage of migrants, or just those working in the NHS? Which news outlets were best at including migrant voices in their Covid-19 coverage? Were migrants presented as heroes, threats or victims during this unprecedented time?

At the launch, we heard directly from the Migrant Voice volunteers who spent months analysing news stories and working on this report, and a panel of media and migration experts helped us put the findings into a broader context.

The panel was chaired by Professor Nando Sigona, Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement at the University of Birmingham and Migrant Voice trustee. The experts will include:

  • Dr Federica Mazzara, Reader in Intercultural Communication at the University of Westminster
  • Dr Roza Tsagarousianou, Reader in Media and Communications at the University of Westminster
  • Greg Russell, broadcaster/journalist (currently at The National, formerly the BBC); media trainer and communications professional