Community Assembly

The final event of the project gathers over two hundred people, sharing the outputs and learning from the pilot with representatives of public, commercial and independent media from across Europe, journalists, experts in migration and inclusion, media & fake news analysts. The project Re:Framing Migrants in the European Media has brought together mediamakers with a migrant background to develop tools and new forms of media that challenge inequalities in the media sphere. The project is launching a magazine called “SHIFT! Actions for Migrating Perspectives” and inviting journalists, mediamakers, and media activists to join a community assembly to share experiences and initiatives, participate in interactive breakout sessions, TikTok challenge, anti-racist meme battle, and learn from the first decolonized newsroom’s hands-on experiences. Migrants in Europe are takin

Mainstream media’s reporting on migration does not do justice to the lived reality of migrants in Europe. Migrant communities and individuals across Europe, therefore, have started their own media-initiatives, reclaiming their rights to self-representation -rather than being sidelined as subjects of the public debate. In the past year, the project Re:Framing migrants in European media has brought together a group of mediamakers with a migrant background. Together they have developed tools and new forms of media that challenge inequalities in the media sphere.

During this final event, a broader group of (inter)national journalists, mediamakers and media-activists come together for the launch of the project’s magazine “SHIFT! Actions for Migrating Perspectives”. Join our community assembly, share experiences and initiatives in interactive breakout sessions, dance in a TikTok challenge, take part in ‘the anti-racist meme battle’ and learn from the hands-on experiences of the first decolonised newsroom.


19:00-19:30 | Entry

19:30-20:30 | Plenary opening

Opening of the evening in the ‘Grote Zaal’.

20:45-21:45 | Breakout sessions

Join one of the four breakout sessions of your choice. In these breakout sessions different topics will be discussed by a panel. You can only choose one, so choose wisely!

22:00-22:30 | Plenary closing

After the breakout sessions we will come back to the ‘Grote Zaal’ to enjoy a meme battle and some music.

22:30 | Drinks at the café

More information on the breakout sessions

Please note! These sessions take place at the same time. When making your reservation for this evening, please choose only one!

20:45-21:45 | Challenging narratives with solidarity and collaboration across sectors

Journalists, activists and artists; three different sectors often working on similar topics, stories and goals. 

Every sector using their own methods and moving around in their own networks might diminish the impact of their stories, research, art and actions. 

But bringing together their methods, their platforms, their skills, can amplify and stimulate the impact of each work. Using various multimedia methods to challenge narratives allows us to think beyond the narrowly humanistic stories about migrants and community displacement and to research, map and communicate a more interconnected, systemic story.

In this session we will host a conversation of crossing and intersecting methodologies between the various actors, the challenges and benefits they face doing so. To spark inspiration, we also showcase two examples of collaborations fitting in the frame of the power of using multimedia methodologies to amplify the causes and voices of people with a migration background in Europe.

20:45-21:45 | Sustainability structures around community and migrant-led media

In the magazine SHIFT: Actions for migrating perspectives and during this assembly, many inspiring examples of practices within migrant-led (new) media are featured and highlighted. They have been able to create their own safe space and platforms for themselves and their communities’ stories , paving the way for a new media space in Europe together with many other media makers.

But all that glitters is not gold. The communities have to become creative to overcome financial constraints, build sustainable models for their work. They have to stay healthy in this, sometimes draining process of reframing and challenging racist narratives. What are those creative solutions and practices that a new generation of media makers are experimenting with and implementing in their day-to-day work?

Sustainability goes beyond the financial matters of a platform, but goes hand in hand with the mental stability of the makers. While we will zoom into several financial models that are being used for podcast making specifically, we will not forget about other factors of sustainability. Together we discuss the questions of mental well being and self-care. As fighting the cause of anti-racism and harmful stereotypes can be a daunting task, we ask the question what kind of practices several media makers have implemented into their day-to-day work to keep the work sustainable and fun.

20:45-21:45 | Challenging the narrative: Challenging language and Image in Europe

There is no challenging and reframing the narrative of migration, without challenging and reframing our language and image use. With the many languages spoken in Europe, local language cultures and behaviour differ enormously. What is perceived as ‘woke’ in one language might be problematic in another language culture. Language is how we describe the world around us, how we get a grip and shape narratives. It is crucial for the human understanding of concepts and thus also one of the most powerful tools for change.

But words are not alone. Image shapes our imagination and understanding just as much. What happens when we are faced with new images showing people in different activities, circumstances, jobs or clothes than we would imagine them from our presumptions or given descriptions.

This will be a circle of deep inspiration on the practices of people who are paving the way in changing and challenging the language and image use in Europe’s media space. We are not looking into alternatives, we are looking into the future of decolonial and fair representation of migrants in European media.

20:45-21:45 | Taking the media into your own hands: Reporting from places of arrival

Every day the mainstream media is covering the places of arrival for refugees at the borders of Europe. But this framing is mainly made by journalists, who just come in as reporters and leave again. What would change in the framing of migration if refugees would be reported directly from the camps and these places of arrival?

Self-representation is one of the most important instruments in the process of reframing the narratives around migration in European media. Because stories told from a human angle have the power to change a narrative. How better to achieve this human angle, as with stories told from lived-experience and with self-representation.

Though as People of Colour, refugees and people with a migrant background in Europe face barriers to enter the mainstream media, they have found their own tools, instruments and platforms to both practise direct reporting as well as learn from each other about how to document their lives and take the media into their own hands.

By providing the knowledge and skills to new migrants and refugees, new generations are enabled to let their voices be heard, amplified and get the stories out.

During this session we will dive into three examples of refugees and migrants becoming storytellers, and creating their own platforms and media outlets. They were courageous enough to take the audiences along in their journey full of violence, racism and bureaucratic opposition.

About the magazine

The magazine “SHIFT! Actions for Migrating Perspectives” is acknowledging the alarming reality of journalists with migrant backgrounds in Europe. Many have experienced discrimination and exclusion within mainstream media, causing the need for independent initiatives and platforms. These initiatives provide best practices for creating inclusive newsrooms representing racialised and marginalised communities. These best practices include selecting topics that encompass the diversity of migrant communities and encouraging the inclusive representation of diverse communities in reporting. The people and initiatives highlighted in the magazine have distinguished themselves through their independent reporting on asylum, immigration, and media issues.

The magazine was made in three weeks in Amsterdam, in a pop-up editorial event ‘Decolonised newsroom’ organised by Here to Support and Unbias the News, which enabled the content team to work in person. The editorial team consisted of members of communities in Europe, reflecting on their own approaches. It builds upon the network of Decolonising the Newsroom, a community event coordinated by ZEMOS98 and Conciencia Afro in Madrid in July 2022, and the research by Eticas.

The Magazine is financially supported by Fonds Democratie en Media, European Cultural Foundation and the European Commission and will be distributed for free at the event on May 12.

About the project

Re:framing Migrants in the European Media is a pilot project aiming to change current media narratives by assuring appropriate media representation of migrant and refugee communities across Europe. Through an inclusive and empowering manner, providing for a space of self-representation for migrants and refugees.

The visibility of migrants and refugees in the public sphere is almost always peripheral. Migrants and refugees are devoid of agency and are side-lined into playing a symbolic role in media narratives around them in Europe. Several “migrant crises” have revealed the importance of an inclusive European media space in which newcomers can engage as participants, rather than subjects of public debate. But refugees and other migrants who came to Europe in the past decade frequently ended up being portrayed as one-dimensional characters, as “others” on a simplistic binary of perpetrators and victims. Their own stories, perspectives and opinions, as multi-faceted person’s dreams, fears, friends and family are rarely shared.

The project Re:framing Migrants in the European Media is a pilot project, co-funded by the European Union. The European Cultural Foundation is leading a consortium of five European organisations under this programme and this project supports the development of a European public sphere, inclusive to the perspectives of refugees and migrants. It was launched in February 2022.

Illustration by Vivian Mule