Migratory Notes Town Hall: Covering Central American Migration

Daniela Gerson
Feb 2 · 2 min read
Partial recording of the panel on February 11.

One hundred journalists who cover immigration and are based in10 countries and more than 20 states joined the forum. Questions considered included: What did journalists get wrong — and right — covering so-called caravans, family separation, Remain in Mexico, and other asylum restrictions under Trump? What do Central American journalists wish U.S. audiences knew? What do journalists need to prepare for in covering the Biden administration and to expect with new waves of immigration?

Speakers:

  • Tomas Ayuso, Honduran writer and photographer covering migration for NatGeo. @tayuso
  • Monica Campbell, U.S.-based immigration editor/ reporter The World. @monica_campbell
  • Sandra Cuffe, Guatemala-based freelancer. @sandra_cuffe
  • Fred Ramos, Salvadoran photographer previously with El Faro who works across Central America.
  • Mario Salinas, Salvadoran senior program officer, El Migrante/ Internews

Featured Participants:

  • Jennifer Avila, Honduran journalist and founder of Contra Corriente @jenalear
  • Anna-Catherine Brigida, Nicaragua-based freelancer and Migratory Notes staff writer @AnnaCat_brigida
  • Cindy Carcamo, L.A. Times immigration reporter @theCindyCarcamo
  • Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed immigration reporter @aflores
  • Ismael Lopez, Nicaraguan journalist with Reuters Latin America @lopezismael
  • Sonia Perez, Guatemalan journalist with AP @lanegrisgt

This convening was the first in a series of virtual town halls for immigration journalists launched by Migratory Notes and Internews as the Biden administration embarks on a new immigration trajectory.

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