Nieman Reports

Fall 2006

Global Migration and Immigration: Stories and Images About the Journey

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When I was a border correspondent, I learned to move between both sides, quickly and frequently, physically and mentally, while striving for balance. I learned to maneuver in gray areas. And I learned there was no substitute for being out in the field, on the street, at the line — talking with migrants and cops and desperados, the gatekeepers of the secret worlds.

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About the Journey

Fall 2006: Introduction

By Features September 15, 2006

When I was a border correspondent, I learned to move between both sides, quickly and frequently, physically and mentally, while striving for balance. I learned to maneuver in gray areas. And I learned there was no substitute for being out in the field, on the street, at the line — talking with migrants and cops and desperados, the gatekeepers of the secret worlds. – Sebastian Rotella, "Journalists Patrol Ever-Changing Borders" Read more

On the Narrative Approach

By Features September 15, 2006

I think it’s a couple of things in terms of the craft and being able to tell a story well. I’m a big believer in fly-on-the-wall stories and trying to be there and watching things play out. I think the … Read more

Death in the Desert

By Features September 15, 2006

The Arizona Republic started tracking undocumented immigrant deaths in 2003 using medical examiner, foreign consulate, and law enforcement reports. Susan Carroll wrote the following words to introduce a published list of the 205 bodies or skeletal remains found that year … Read more

Rescue and Death Along the Border

By Features September 15, 2006

Photos and captions by Pat Shannahan/The Arizona Republic. Photos printed with permission. Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue [Borstar] agent Lance Dehler helps walk Nageli Contreras to safety after rescuing her from a wildfire … Read more

Coming Ashore

By Features September 15, 2006

"Tranquilo, que ya llegaste!" ("Stay calm, you made it.") a bystander (right) says to Cordoba as the officers restrain him Officers try to catch Cordoba and verify … Read more

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