A profession whose practitioners kill stories, make deadlines, and run towards burning buildings can only be one that operates on a steady diet of stress. But gone are the days of valorising newsroom suffering, as journalists the world over have begun to understand the toll their work takes. Burnout, anxiety, depression are just some of the ways they routinely describe their mental state. Support for media workers is, however, scant in Pakistan. It was, thus, the good fortune of IBA’s Centre for Excellence in Journalism in Karachi to receive funding and support from DW Akademie to start a one-of-its-kind free and confidential counselling service for Pakistani media workers in 2018.
The purpose of this media review report is to produce a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the overall coverage of labour migration in Urdu and English-language media outlets from 2017 to 2020. Using media content analysis of print newspapers, TV clips, and social media channels, as well as qualitative interviews with journalists producing stories for the aforementioned media outlets, the report looks at how the current Pakistani media landscape has covered the topic of labour migration.