Top Stories on Immigration -- NewsTrust in the News
Last week, we organized a 'news hunt' for good journalism on Immigration, in partnership with New America Media, a leading aggregator of ethnic news publications. Immigration has been an elusive topic in this election. Both Barack Obama and John McCain have carefully avoided discussion of border security, drug and human trafficking, citizenship law, race relations and undocumented labor.
To learn more about this important topic, we joined forces with New America Media to find quality journalism about immigration issues in the United States, from October 13 to 19, 2008.
Top Rated Stories
Here's a sampling of our top rated news and opinion on Immigration:
After Mississippi Immigration Raid, Pastor Tries To Calm Chaos
New America Media (News Report)
Slate (Special Report)
A den of outcasts in the shadow of the wall
Washington Post (News Report)
Illegal immigration: Obama, McCain walk a fine line on divisive issue
Salt Lake Tribune (Special Report)
Arizona town rethinks immigrant stance
Los Angeles Times (Special Report)
After raid, Laurel's inter-racial bonds still strong
New America Media (News Report)
The comeback dad
New America Media (Special Report)
The closing of the American border
New America Media (Interview)
Dispatches from the borderlands: "They came at night, trying to kill us"
Religion Dispatches (Opinion)
More racism, please
Atlantic Monthly (Opinion)
No racism in the booth
Washington Post (Opinion)
If anyone needs help, it's Haiti
International Herald Tribune (Opinion)
See all the top rated stories from our Immigration News Hunt.
Thanks to our partners at New America Media
Our partners at New America Media brought a range of interesting and relevant stories to the table. Our community reviewed 11 stories from New America Media last week, nine of which dealt with immigration. The top rated among them were "The Closing of the American Border," an interview with a Council on Foreign Relations fellow on how counter-terrorism influences immigration policy, and "The Comeback Dad," a special report on a single immigrant father's efforts to keep his family together and avoid deporation.
We're very grateful to everyone at New America Media for being such invaluable partners on this news hunt, including Sandy Close, Sandip Roy, Kevin Weston, Andrew Lam, Laura Goode and Cliff Parker, to name but a few. We'd like to give special thanks to Sandip Roy, radio host and manager of New America Media's immigration beat, for his dedication to this issue. Sandip's expertise and many story reviews was an important guiding light for our community last week.
Sandip remarked on the quality and ton of the immigration coverage we reviewed last week:
As an organization working with ethnic media, many of which are aimed at immigrants, we've been seeing coverage of immigration as an issue long before it became a major issue in other media. But after marches and raids and the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform, it's clear that immigration coverage has generally improved across the board. Instead of doing the standard one pro-immigrant advocate,one anti-immigrant advocate style coverage, stories are getting more nuanced. There are more (though not enough) follow up stories. But more stories which are case studies (e.g. of a small town in Arizona ) are showing up ...
The Newshunt was really useful in getting a quick snapshot of immigration coverage - not just from the point of view of raids and undocumented but also other aspects of the story e.g. H1-B workers, economy etc. It's good to see more stories that are exploring the intersections of federal law and state law in enforcement and how the immigration debate is evolving, both in terms of enforcement only strategies and resistance to the same
Thank you again for your participation and many insights, Sandip.
This week: U.S. Economy with PBS, NewsHour and UNR
Join our Economy News Hunt to help find quality news and opinion on how the financial crisis affects our jobs, taxes and other aspects of our lives. Our partners for this news hunt are the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS Engage and the University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds Journalism School, from Monday, October 20 through Sunday, October 26. The Economy News Hunt is hosted by NewsTrust editors Walter Cox and Marsha Iverson, who are leading our community in this search for good journalism on a critical issue.
NewsTrust in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune
We're delighted to be featured in two articles published last week in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, which point to NewsTrust as a solution to address the rise of misinformation on the Internet.
You can review them right here on NewsTrust:
Spinning a Web of Lies at Digital Speed
New York Times - by Noam Cohen
Political rumors, full of sound and fury, fly fast online
Chicago Tribune - by Bob Secter
We're very grateful for this excellent coverage, as well as all the positive feedback we've received from other publications, such as Poynter Online, Smart Mobs, Craig Newmark and the Sunlight Foundation. Thanks to you all for spreading the word about our citizen initiative.