The program will take place in three acts.
Act 1: The Story
In Act 1, we’ll go deep on the facts and stories about immigration in the U.S.
What does does the data tell us about immigration in the U.S.? Who is coming and who is going and what are the trends for both? What is the mission of the U.S. Border Patrol? What would it actually mean to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico Border? What does the term “sanctuary city” mean?
Act 2: The Challenge
In Act 2, we’ll work with the audience to find practical strategies to make the public debate over immigration fact-based and productive.
The CIR and Retro Report teams will work with the audience to hone in on key questions in the immigration debate, with special attention for the points of tension in the immigration debate. What are common misunderstandings about immigration? How and why do they emerge?
Act 3: Solutions
In Act 3, we’ll do a group brainstorm on how to burst filter bubbles and work for constructive debate and change on immigration–and other issues
With the audience, the journalists will identify practical strategies they can take back to the newsroom and share with other media when reporting on controversial issues. How can the media work directly with communities, provide trustworthy reporting on a complex issue, and help the public recognize fake news?