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There Has Never Been A More Crucial Time To Study Diversity In the Media PDF Print

Date: Ongoing

Country: UK, London

By: Eline Jeanné

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“I’d definitely encourage people to go for it; it has widened my perspective towards things. It’s so interesting and I learned so much, I left the course feeling very enlightened and a lot more knowledgeable.” These are the words of Sophie Muscat, a current student on the MA Diversity and the Media course at the University of Westminster in London.

The course, which was designed and developed in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), aims to teach students the practical skills to engage in responsible media coverage of diversity issues. Applications are now open for the upcoming course, which is starting in September 2019. Information about studying, entry requirements, fees and funding can be obtained during the next open day in Harrow Campus on 5 June, or on the course-specific website.

Read MoreThe course is suitable for anyone interested in enhancing their understanding of social diversity and their skills in the area of inclusive journalism, whether one has extensive experience in the journalism field or none at all. It combines both theoretical and practical knowledge, providing students with a well-rounded understanding on the topic of media and diversity, at a critical point in history.

 

Sophie found discussions about important social issues, and how they’re covered in the media to be particularly relevant. After starting the course with little practical media knowledge, she quickly found herself producing a documentary:  “That was a huge learning curve, making a whole documentary from scratch. I’ve never studied media, so I learned so much. I learned how to interview people, edit film, set up cameras, we were learning everything by doing—you see the finished product and it’s so rewarding.”

This hands-on approach is what makes the Diversity and Media MA such a rewarding—not to mention, practical—course, as students are equipped not only with essential theoretical knowledge, but with the tools needed to be successful in the media industry.

In addition to meeting people from around the world, students have the chance to undertake internships at a variety of organisations within the UK and overseas with which the MA has established partnerships.  This includes MDI as well as TAG International Development and The Prisma/The Multicultural Newspaper, all organisations who actively work in the realm of diversity and the media. These opportunities show students the value of their degree and the many career paths on offer in this field.

Sophie hopes to use her knowledge on inclusive reporting at a quality media organisation: “Ideally, I want to work as a media worker in an independent company like VICE, AJ Plus or Playground; researching topics and providing information for short documentaries or magazines. I want to report and investigate.”

Ready to apply? Check out the website here.

 
Is the Media Response to Sexual Assaults Colour-Blind? PDF Print

Published: 22 December 2017

Country: United States

by Angelo Boccato

Burke_Me_TooThe “Me Too” movement has led to a change in the media approach towards sexual harassment allegations against men in position of power, but it has also exposed the lack, or a different standard of representation of black women who have denounced sexual harassment.

While the #MeToo hashtag was launched on Twitter in October 2017 by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the actual movement was founded back in 2006 by a black activist Tarana Burke. Although Burke was included in the story Person of the Year: “The Silence Breakers” by the TIME, she was omitted from the magazine’s cover.

 
‘New Normal’ on Reporting Migration in Italian Media PDF Print

 

Published: 12 December 2017

Country: Italy

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2017-12-13_at_08.31.41In the current human rights crisis, migrants and refugees are not only victims of wars, wrong policies, smugglers’ greed, but often they are attacked, accused and discriminated by some media, mostly tabloids and right-wing publications.  On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has looked closely on the situation in Italy where, as Father Abba Mussie Zerai pointed out, it is possible to find different samples of the ‘new normal’ racist rhetoric.

Right-wing daily newspapers such as Il Giornale and Libero frequently publish inflammatory stories on migrants and refugees using expressions such as influx, invasion etc. Some of them label migrants as mad based on a research examining what kind of impact long journeys and violence can have on psyche and body of refugees and asylum seekers.

 
Trump's Retweets of Anti-Muslim Videos Stirred Up the Media PDF Print

Published: 7 December 2017

Country: UK

Donald_Trump“Retweets don't equal endorsements". Although used by many, this disclaimer does not take away the responsibility for what is said and done in the public sphere. The latter includes Twitter, Facebook and every other social media platform. But in case of Donald Trump who recently retweeted three anti-Muslim videos, the responsibility is not only on him. The responsibility for promoting or rather allowing hate speech, inflammatory content and messages that can spark violence and hatred, rest with Twitter too.

When the President of the United States promoted Britain First by retweeting its videos to 44 million followers, this far-right organisation was little known outside of the UK. After the President’s online move, Britain First claimed that it received hundreds of new members. Apart from boosting the far-right organisation’s membership and causing the online row with Theresa May who condemned this “hateful organisation”, Trump’s move has had, as the Guardian concluded, “the rare effect of uniting almost the entire British establishment in horror”.

 
The Role of the Media in Rohingya Crisis PDF Print

Published: 30 November

Country: Myanmar

Screen_Shot_2017-11-30_at_08.40.08When large crisis such as the one affecting Rohingya people in Myanmar occur, the role of both international and local media is essential. One of the factors to be taken into account is the lack of access to the people and areas affected. Also political pressures and state of freedom of expression in Myanmar play a big role when it comes to the reporting of local media.

In August Rohingya militant group ARSA attacked several police posts and ever since then, Myanmar’s army has targeted the Rohingya community in Myanmar. According to Amnesty International, “more than 530,000 Rohingya men, women and children have fled northern Rakhine State in terror in a matter of weeks amid the Myanmar security forces’ targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning.” Over 1000 people have been killed in the conflict thus far. The Rohingya Muslim community has endured hardship from the Myanmar government for years; the government has denied the ethnic group citizenship and they often face discrimination from the majority-Buddhist country. According to Amnesty International, they are “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”. What is happening now has been declared as ethnic cleansing by the United Nations.

 
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