Reporting Immigration Conflict
Opportunities for Peace Journalism
In Reporting Immigration Conflict: Opportunities for Peace Journalism, Mariely Valentin-Llopis examines the role of American and Mexican media in promoting harsh views against Central American migrants. This examination focuses on the U.S. southwestern border crossing conflict in 2014 and 2019, both separate consequential periods in time. Valentin-Llopis contextualizes migrants’ plight with careful consideration to unaccompanied minor migrants and the family separation crisis. As a counterpoint, the author also takes the news content analysis through a historical journey to when news reporters seemingly bent traditional journalism principles to protect Cuban children refugees fleeing the Castro regime and communism, showing that it is possible to provide fair depictions of migrants and their struggles. Valentin-Llopis challenges journalism’s traditional approach to news production by introducing the peace journalism rubric to immigration reporting. Scholars of international relations, journalism, history, and minority studies will find this book particularly useful, while media practitioners in the field can also find practical approaches to transforming their work for the benefit of peace solutions to pressing transnational conflicts.