Immigrants and Immigration: Reporting the New America

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The story of the United States is a story of immigrants and refugees. The rich national narrative of how immigrants have been absorbed, assimilated, and accepted—or not—is often fraught with tension and filled with drama. This chapter provides skills, insights, and tools 21st century cross-cultural communicators need to report and write about the nation’s newest Americans. Through suggested activities as well as interviews with top journalists and leading advertising and marketing executives, students gain empathy and humanity in reporting and writing about people whose lives may be worlds apart from typical U.S. journalists and strategic communicators. Students learn not only how to report about illegal immigration, but also how to cover the much larger population of immigrants and refugees who are legally in the United States. Moreover, a historical overview of the newcomer’s role in developing the nation helps students find the nuance, context and depth essential to write credibly for—and about—immigrants.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCross-Cultural Journalism and Strategic Communication
Subtitle of host publicationStorytelling and Diversity
EditorsMaría E Len-Ríos, Earnest L Perry
ISBN (Electronic)9780429488412
ISBN (Print)9781138595217, 9781138595224
StatePublished - Nov 13 2019
Externally publishedYes


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