Migration Media Award: Special prize “Multimedia”:
Author: Julia Karmo
Date of Publication: September 2017
Title: Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit)
Short summary: Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit) is a six-part video series produced in partnership between Migration Matters and LSE’s Institute of Global Affairs over summer and autumn 2016. Each of the six parts is presented by a top LSE scholar offering their personal take on one “seemingly impossible idea” that challenges the current public discourse around migration from the position of their own original research – including jobs, political freedoms, urban development, borders, media coverage and effectiveness of integration policies. All episodes are under 3 minutes long, employ a conversational style, explainer elements and are made to appeal to the “anxious middle”. Our approach combines moving away from the polarised discourse on migration towards big-idea thinking rooted in evidence. Migration Matters employs a distributed publishing model. This means that the series were published on our own platform, that allows anyone to subscribe to short-form video series on migration via a newsletter subscription to our 1500 subscribers. However, we have also syndicated the content to a range of outlets in media, civil society and education sectors. This includes a range of LSE’s own media, such as it’s influential Brexit blog. The episode “Will a migrant take your job?” was the most viewed video ever on LSE’s Facebook page. The series were also cross-published by civil society organisations, like Give Something Back to Berlin in their Magazine and educational organisations such as Sharing Perspectives Foundation that creates inter-cultural training sessions. We’ve approximated that the videos in the series were viewed over 110K times across all platforms, with 5300 views on average per video. We have been told that the videos are used by teachers in their classrooms to stimulate discussions, that they have helped volunteers in Germany to take on anti-immigrant views and that they have offered fresh thinking on a divisive subject.
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