The curriculum is based on solutions journalism methodology, and how this can be adapted to the migration beat.
In a nutshell, solutions-focused stories are those that look into a response to a problem in a clear and critical way. That means investigating exactly how the response was carried out, examining any limitations or problems by reviewing the evidence, and looking into what we can learn from the idea.
We believe that coverage of how people are responding constructively to challenges is an essential part of journalism. By including this kind of reporting, journalists can help combat limited perspectives and damaging stereotypes, give their audiences a fuller picture of what's happening in the world without telling them what to think, and make their reporting more inclusive.
The training developed by The Local will cover best practices for reporting on migration, a step-by-step guide for finding and reporting a solutions-focused story (as well as guidance on publications, funding and awards that support this kind of journalism), and discussion on making reporting as inclusive as possible.
Training sessions and workshops are available for student journalists, early-career journalists and those with more than five years' experience, with the format and content adapted for each group. As well as outlining how a solutions-focused approach can be used in migration reporting, we want to connect journalists working on the migration beat, to share their own experiences and discuss different approaches to the topic and processes for finding and writing stories.
Solutions-focused stories on The Local:
How is Sweden tackling its integration challenge?
How women and mums are working to make Sweden's suburbs safer
- What lessons can Sweden learn from its Yugoslavian refugees?
We will be offering the training throughout 2020 in both online and face-to-face sessions, with a workshop for experienced journalists expected to take place online in spring 2020, and further online and face-to-face training sessions for all categories planned for the autumn. Exact locations and times will be determined based on successful applicants' availability and location, and each training session is free for participants.
This training is part of the EU-wide project MAX (Maximising Migrants' Contributions to Society). Funded by the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, MAX aims to expand the public narrative around immigration in Europe and highlight stories of real people who have migrated and the communities they have joined.
If you are a journalist already writing about migration or interested in doing so, and would like to be considered for participation in the training, please submit your details below to express interest in the training. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].