Dear all, I haven't been able to get to my computer as often as I'd like to read your assignments and comments lately. I have been travelling through England visiting my family and friends for the past three weeks and filling myself with all things English again. I have been reading the assignment for month two and am starting to get very nervous. I am not sure how I am going to be able to do this one when the only thing on my mind is the fact that I am leaving here again soon to return to our home in America. Maybe I should write about the trials and tribulations of immigration to a new land? How difficult it is to leave family behind and live in a state of semi-belonging to either two countries or nowhere at all. But then I' m not sure I want to focus on that subject either right now, as I think I'd rather pretend it wasn't happening!!!

Does immigration sound like a reasonable topic for a frontline journal? I don't think it fits in with the guidelines, as it's not breaking news and well I wouldn't be writing from my experiences of life in one country, rather it would be my experiences of living and being somewhere between two of them. I don't know what else to do at this point though. Has anyone heard about any breaking news in New York since I've been gone that perhaps I should write about instead?

"Speak" to you all again soon, Bless


Dear Tina,

You've got a name the same of my best friend Tina who is always there with me in my low moments since we've became friends twenty years ago living in a place away from home. I understand the pain of being an immigrant - I been there once and even up to now I'm still living away from my home town. I left at the age of nineteen to pursue my college degree and its really breaking my heart everytime I left home. It's so sad i know! I'm also thinking of the million Filipinos who left their families and home to seek greener pasture in foreign land yet still poor and want to go home but can't because of they don't have money . There's no place like home I believe and I'm still longing to go home even for once after five years of not going back there. . Pulse Wire community is our newfound home so don't be sad Tina . We're here for each other to conquer our fears and tears for the sufferring women of the world. Personally, migration is a frontline journal , there's lots of stories everyday about migrant workers there in America , about Filipino migrants, Latino migrants, Asians, Muslims etc, especially with the economic depression going on.

I'm sure hearing there stories will make you feel at home and feel one with them. Try it and it will be a beautiful story!

wishing you the best, malaya

hi Tina, It must be a double-edged sword being back in the comfort of your family again but knowing that it is only temporary. I think you could approach the assignment from the viewpoint of an emigrant mother, the fears of moving to a new country, the prejudices you faced, the stereotypes, the support or lack thereof of the English community, the feelings of your family when you made the decision, why you left, what you hoped to achieve by leaving England and moving to the US. Perhaps you can bring tie it in to one of the mother's stories from Mothers Acting Up. How your experience has shaped how you assist and support the clients you serve. Why being an emigrant mother puts you in a unique position to help others in your organization.

I don't know if there has been any "breaking news" about NY recently but there was an article just this weekend about how job losses show a wider racial gap in New York than across the nation.

The Sotomayor hearings also started today.

Good luck and focus on enjoying your time with your family for now. Lots of love, Janice

Dear Tina,

I personally think the subject you brought forward is very interesting in our times. NY is a dream spot for some people these days; the UK is a dream spot for others. There are some who have the option to live in either and they'd rather not. The search for nationality, home, belonging, flags, etc, is a very interesting one to bring forward.

It's also very timely because the subject of immigration is becoming a thing that most governments are worried about. The visa procedures are changing in each country so as to limit immigration; something that was more welcomed before. Also there is a lot of insecurity from citizens of countries who feel intimidated by immigrants (taking away their jobs) or risking the change in their country profile (religion/culture/etc).

I won't make this long but all I really wanted to say is that it'd be interesting to hear about your experience in this and what your thoughts are on this matter today.

Good luck! Arda

Dear Tina

I think that writing about migration is wonderful. I would give it the persepectives of many women migrant workers seeking greener pastures from One continent to another. Are the greener pastures? ever green I, like many African immigrant women living in Europe assumed upon my relocation to Europe that it would be easy to settle, find a job and may be education etc. Well this may not be easy for many migrant women. There are many issues that migrant women go through; from having to do odd jobs to survive, to having to find suitors to obtain residence in the host nation. Is it easy to intergrate or to assimilate to the host community? I think you can compare this to the thoughts and experiences of you growing up in England and seeing immigrants visiting your native country. Is the experince still the same today where you have relocated too or there are differences. Are the challenges you faced as you migrated the same for all women migrants or selective?

About news: Am not sure if there is anything new about Samantha Orobator the British woman who was arrested in Laos for drug trafficking and risked being sentenced to death. May be any news can support the challenges of migrant women if you wish to frontline journal on migration.

I personally would like to know what happened to samantha and the baby she was expecting?

Dearest Tina,

I've been missing you lots. I knew you had to be up to something, as you did not give any sign of being around. I am glad it was because of something as nice as visiting family in England.

About your topic, I know how it feels to be away from home, and I also know how it feels to have a close relative (in my case my mom, as my dad had died when I was 2) away from home, working to give you a better living. So maybe this is another aspect of the topic that you could cintemplate.

I would like us to meet in the classroom more often and talk about questions and other ideas on it, as Dando suggested. Please come over.

Love you lots,


Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America

Hi Tina, Just my two cents - I think it is an excellent topic. The Frontlines - are YOUR frontlines. The frontlines of social change through your eyes. You'll be using your personal experience to illuminate a wider current issue - and immigration is huge. Not only do you have oceans of experiences and feelings from your journey - your struggles and hopes, but you are surrounded by other immigrants that touch your daily life in New York. From my view - great topic. The best Frontline Journals are the ones that hit closest to home. Frontline Journals are my favorite pieces of all because they are so personal. Cheers! Jensine

Jensine Larsen World Pulse

Thank you everybody. It is lovely to see all your comments and insights into this topic. I didn't think there'd be enough to write 2000 words, but here you have helped to provide enough content for many many articles!! And I'm glad that it doesn't necessarily have to be breaking news as such. Jackie, you mentioned that I should post in the classroom. I am confused, Isn't this the classroom? Please point me in the right direction. See you back online sometime later this week. Love to all. Tina

I was just reading through your post and the comments Am happy that you have realized how interesting your topic is. Best of luck and God bless you!

with Love Dando

Hi Tina,

Came across this today in the weekly IJNET newsletter. Thought you'd find it helpful for your piece -

New guide on imigration coverage available online Posted on: 27/07/2009

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) recently published a guide that aims to be a useful resource for journalists seeking to improve coverage of immigration.

Titled "Covering Immigration," the guide was written by Stephen Franklin and Teresa Puente, veteran journalists with extensive experience in immigration issues. The 35-page handbook is available in English and Spanish, in PDF or interactive formats.

The guide focuses on avoiding and breaking stereotypes, cultivating sources, and ethics in immigration coverage. It also offers an analysis of the roots of immigration and a list of sources and resources for journalists.

According to the guide, "immigration stories also can be told through the lens of many other issues, including education, health care, business, politics, law enforcement and human rights. A challenge for a reporter is to come up with new and fresh story angles."


Tanya Shakil Daud

The issue of immigration is a never stopping one. I think you would make a great story out of it.

i gave been touched by your situation and waiting to hear more about ways you worked it out.

Sometimes it is heard to take decissions but life gives us hard moments and we take them as a probolem today.

But maybe later you will be thankful for such a turnout!

Take it easy! Take it as a new beginning!

And we are here to listen to you!

Warm wishes!



With best wishes, Victoria

WorldPulse Community Champion

Environment Group


I feel same for days now about the angle of the frontline journal. I am glad you have answers to your question and support as well.

All the best as you give us your perspective about immigrant women. i can't wait to read the great story. Love, Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab Founder Greight Foundation