Off to a good start in 2015 and now American Behavioral Scientist has just accepted a paper written by myself, Tine Ustad Figenshcou and Anna Grøndahl Larsen. The paper is called “Behind the framing scenes: Challenges and opportunities for NGOs and authorities framing irregular immigration” and will be published as a part of a thematic issue on irregular immigration. The data stems from the project Mediation of Migration which now is completed.
In the article, we analyze the strategizing that goes on behind the scenes among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and public immigration authorities. Many studies have documented how strategic actors take advantage of mainstream news media conventions, but there is a dearth of research on how these frame sponsors critically reflect on their strategies. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and 35 qualitative interviews, we analyze the dilemmas and challenges the actors face in adapting their communication strategies to the news media, each other and their resources. Preprint version.