In Reporting Immigration Conflict: Opportunities for Peace Journalism, Mariely Valentin-Llopis examines the role of American and Mexican media in promoting harsh views against Central American migrants. This examination focuses on the U.S. southwestern border crossing conflict in 2014 and 2019, both separate consequential periods in time. Valentin-Llopis contextualizes migrants’ plight with careful consideration to unaccompanied minor migrants and the family separation crisis. As a counterpoint, the author also takes the news content analysis through a historical journey to when news reporters seemingly bent traditional journalism principles to protect Cuban children refugees fleeing the Castro regime and communism, showing that it is possible to provide fair depictions of migrants and their struggles. Valentin-Llopis challenges journalism’s traditional approach to news production by introducing the peace journalism rubric to immigration reporting. Scholars of international relations, journalism, history, and minority studies will find this book particularly useful, while media practitioners in the field can also find practical approaches to transforming their work for the benefit of peace solutions to pressing transnational conflicts.
Mariely Valentin-Llopis is assistant professor of communication at Barry University.
Chapter 1: Latino Immigration, Cognitive Biases, and Media Effect
Chapter 2: The Ethics of Care and Peace Journalism
Chapter 3: The Press and the Case of the Cuban Unaccompanied Minors
Chapter 4: Two Regions Reporting on the Border Conflict: 2014
Chapter 5: What Changed?: Two New Presidents, One Conflict in Common
Chapter 6: Conclusion: Challenges and Opportunities
About the Author
This beautifully written book is a major contribution to peace journalism in theory and application. The comparative content analysis of cross-cultural news centered on the ethics of care is unparalleled for its rigor and intellectual precision in the peace journalism framework. The author presents profound challenges for a new generation of empathetic news reporting on structural and cultural violence in international conflicts. Set in the complicated context of migrant agency, this urgent work is a must-read for the public and will be studied seriously in the classroom.
Mariely Valentin-Llopis outstandingly contributors to the discussion about the role of journalism in cultivating more peaceful societies. Any journalist who covers immigration and every scholar of peace journalism should unequivocally read this book. Valentin-Llopis sheds a tremendously necessary light on the various media coverages of Latin American immigrants in the United States. This book offers an intricate perspective through a combination of multiple methodologies, including empirical data and in-depth interviews. In addition to the nuance and rigor of her original research, Valentin-Llopis links key arguments of the book to international literature on conflict-sensitive news reporting. Hence, this piece is also a very valuable addition to the global conversation that seeks to envision how responsible and ethical media coverage should look across the contexts of significant sociopolitical issues.
After reading so many books on the topic of immigration, this book provides an original and trustworthy analysis of immigration reporting. Mariely Valentin-Llopis presents a strong data analysis by examining over 800 news items from American and Mexican media. I believe that this book will help readers connect past immigration experiences with current events involving unaccompanied immigrant minors that may restore core values inherent to a true democracy.