EU Rights Group Launches New E-learning Platform

Michael O'Flaherty, FRA Director
Michael O’Flaherty, FRA Director

The European Union (EU) Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has launcheda new e-learning platform on migration to help journalists and media professionals who seek to enhance the quality of their work when reporting about migration.

The new platform was platform developed by journalists for journalists to mark World Refugee Day on June 20.

The online e-Media Toolkit provides first-hand assistance to media professionals with learning resources, training courses, and opportunities to share and interact.

The learning section allows users to take courses in which journalists or editors of leading media outlets share their real-life newsroom dilemmas of reporting on migration. The training provides material for media trainers to design their own courses. In addition, sharing allows users to interact with other users through forum discussions on fundamental rights and ethical journalism principles. Users can also propose new courses or download the news examples for further discussion among peers.

Drawing on input from leading media outlets like Agence France-Presse, Le MondeThe Guardian, Radio France International, France TV, the BBC, and the Financial Times, the toolkit offers wide-ranging guidance on covering migration from different types of media.This includes how to ethically report treating people fairly and with dignity, balancing accuracy, impartiality and humanity as well as the importance of context in providing balanced, impartial coverage.

The EU FRA developed the toolkit together with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) with the support of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). It builds on the popular 2008 Diversity Toolkit which FRA also developed in close partnership with the European Broadcasting Union.

The e-Media Toolkit is available at: