Reporting on the Deaths of Those Who Make the Journey North

Carroll, Susan
September 2006
Nieman Reports;Fall2006, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p48
The article discusses the author's experiences of reporting the deaths of illegal immigrants across the U.S. and Mexico border. The author finds her job of covering death cases of illegal immigrants and making autopsy reports both challenging and rewarding. In the first place, she finds that telling the stories of the dead immigrants to critical readers is difficult and require support from editors. She also needs to report along the border. She runs into logistical problems and encounters difficulties in tracking the family members of the victims for information. Getting an accurate count of border deaths from the U.S. Border Patrol pose another challenge.


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