Journalism´s role in building an open society?
I am working with a colleague on a piece for Finland´s leading professional publication for journalists on how does journalism play a role in building acceptance to a more diverse and open society. I wanted to ask for help and idea from the GOOD community and staff.Currently it feels like journalists in Europe are stuck between two approaches: making easily stigmatising journalism on ethnic and cultural minorities (especially on issues like crime or social affairs) or on the other hand making condescending journalism on immigrants (immigrants reduced to their "difference"). Neither of these approaches feed to an idea of a shared public sphere or community. Currently growing flows of immigration in European nation states are feeding into populism and xenophobia and a lot of journalists feel confused about their role in the change.So I wanted to ask readers and contributors of GOOD magazine: what could European journalists learn from the US media´s path with immigration and race? What are exceptional pieces of journalism that you could think of as inspiration? What kind of concrete tips or thinking frameworks could you offer to European journalists? We will be gathering tips and ideas for the article from a number of European countries and the US.I am currently for a couple of weeks in the LA area so would be open to talking to some journalists from GOOD or other publications also face to face on the issue. All help and ideas are highly appreciated.