In recent years, civil and international conflicts and social, economic and political crises have left millions of people with no choice but to leave their homes to seek refuge from violence and threat or to secure a better quality of life. For freelance journalists, reporting on migration and refugees is a chance to tell deeply human stories and encourage a greater understanding of different peoples, places and cultures.
It’s also an opportunity to interrogate and challenge whether the systems and structures that seek to govern the movement of people and the rights of refugees and migrants are working.Download
For freelance journalists, the goals, the rate of progress on their targets, how communities and governments are working on them present a wealth of reporting ideas. Specialising in a goal or series of goals could be a new career path.
Charlotte Godart, an investigator for Bellingcat and Eric Reidy a freelance journalist involved in crowdsourcing information for migrant-related stories talk about crowdsourcing stories, what it means and how to go about it.