Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Immigration, Coverage of
As a nation of immigrants, the United States' relation to the many waves of newcomers is complex, and the reaction that greets the recent arrivals varies. The role of journalism as it relates to immigration is multifaceted: immigrant news outlets help orient the newcomers; mainstream news operations seek to explain to the larger society the makeup of the immigrant community, the underlying forces that pushed those newcomers out of their country, and those that drew them here. Journalists covering the topic of immigration, whether working for immigrant or mainstream media organizations, strive to explore and analyze the impact of immigrant populations. Immigration is a perpetual subject of news stories in the United States. Mainstream outlets at times have embraced newcomers, and the labor and other capital they bring, while at other times the news media have characterized immigrants as spoilers who deprive Americans of economic well-being, and threaten to erode ...