The Refugee Journalism Project supports refugee and exiled journalists to restart their careers in the UK.
Founded in 2016 by Vivienne Francis, Reader and Senior Lecturer in Social Justice Journalism and Knowledge Exchange at London College of Communication, the Project offers a programme of activities including workshops, placements and mentoring opportunities to support individuals while developing wider dialogue around refugees in both the media industries and public sphere.
Participants may have previously been editors, correspondents and producers, and arrive in the UK with an impressive range of skills; however, they may lack agency and face significant barriers when they attempt to continue their careers in a new country.
The core aims of the Project are to:
- Help prepare refugee and exiled journalists for work in the UK media industry
- Create opportunities for refugee and exiled journalists to publish their work and build wider networks
- Engage with new audiences including key policy- and opinion-makers in order to debunk negative, institutional and public perceptions of refugees.
Support and governance
The Refugee Journalism Project is based at London College of Communication and governed by a Steering Group which includes refugee representation, members of the special project team, external journalists and a financial specialist.
It’s supported by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Program on Independent Journalism of the Open Society Foundations.
Find out more about the project and keep up-to-date with the latest news and highlights on the Refugee Journalism Project website.
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