Digital Reporting on the Refugee Crisis by Refugees
Refugees have a unique and important perspective on global issues. After Olivia Christopher’s father died, she no longer felt safe in her native Nigeria. Living in Vienna now, the 16-year-old’s dream is to become a journalist. 45-year-old Ayad Salim is fluent in English and has always worked in journalism, but was forced to leave his native Iraq last year. He has been living in Salzburg ever since. These are the people who should be covering and reporting on the refugee crisis around the world.
Austrian filmmaker David Gross wanted to change that. He put together a team of six refugee journalists, presenters, moderators and translators – each of them an asylum seeker from a different country – to launch the first online TV channel that is by and about refugees. Refugee.tv is currently a digital media channel on YouTube, run by refugees with audiovisual, journalism and technical skills, so that they can continue their professional careers while shining a light on the refugee problem from a new perspective. The first programme was recorded in October 2015 at a refugee camp in Germany, with three more programmes produced this year. Initially, the team self-funded their production, and they are now using the crowdfunding platform we make it to raise more resources to continue to produce content.