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Journalism Partnerships

Covering immigration is as complex as the laws that govern it. Journalists must grapple with swiftly-changing policies amid a fiercely competitive news climate, and a polarized public distrustful of the media.

We mentor journalists to help them cover stories about immigrants in an accurate, humanizing way.

Our services help reporters present thoughtful stories with journalistic integrity and compassionate storytelling:

  • Curated source lists
  • Story brainstorming
  • Topical fact sheets
  • Guest lectures
  • Newsroom webinars
  • Panel moderating
The Wall Street Journal
The Raleigh News & Observer
The New York Times
Documented
The Texas Tribune
The Wall Street Journal
The Raleigh News & Observer
The New York Times
Documented
The Texas Tribune

We partner with journalism organizations, news outlets and academic institutions to help uplift immigration coverage.

We conduct training sessions with partner organizations on best practices to cover immigration, provide newsroom workshops to address diversity in stories, and offer lectures on the history of immigration laws in the United States.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Report for America
Poynter
ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Report for America
Poynter
ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism

Research & Resources

Our original research informs our data-driven, comprehensive tools for journalists covering immigration.

Reimagining Immigration News: North Carolina’s Case for the Nation
Report

Reimagining Immigration News: North Carolina's Case for the Nation

The culmination of a one-year research project where Define American wanted to understand how local news consumers respond to media coverage about immigrants in North Carolina as a case study for the nation.

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Toolkit

A Toolkit for Immigration Reporting

A resource for journalists on best practices for working with immigrant sources and how to use anonymity.

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Report

The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration: A 'Surge' in Negative Language Around the Border

We analyzed 12 news organizations’ immigration coverage during President Biden’s first 100 days, tracking their use of neutral terms and negative terms like "surge, wave, or flood" which dehumanize individuals seeking asylum.

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Report

The Language of Immigration Reporting: Normalizing vs. Watchdogging in a Nativist Age

Major U.S. newspapers used dehumanizing labels to refer to immigrants at a steadily increasing rate from 2014 – 2018.

Videos for Journalists

Building Relationships, Why On-the Ground Reporting Matters

Building Relationships, Why On-the Ground Reporting Matters

Love On The Border: Finding Universal Themes to Humanize Migrants

Love On The Border: Finding Universal Themes to Humanize Migrants

Reporter Monica Campbell armed with a microphone, surrounded by newspaper section headings like Sports and Business.
Why do we even have an Immigration beat?

Why do we even have an Immigration beat?

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Not a surge, crisis, or a wave: How we talk about immigration matters

Not a surge, crisis, or a wave: How we talk about immigration matters

We invite you to work alongside us.

Partners work directly with Liz Robbins, a 19-year veteran reporter of The New York Times who has taught at Columbia Journalism School.