Projects & Programmes

How A Grassroots Campaign Called Upon the World to #StopFundingHate PDF Print

21 March 2019

Country: UK

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

STOPFUNDINGHATEFrom a small social-media campaign to a co-drafter of a UN agreement, Stop Funding Hate has had a huge impact on media racism since 2016. Their grassroots strategy empowers ordinary consumers worldwide to push brands they love to stop funding problematic media coverage in notorious tabloids such as The Daily Mail and The Sun. We recently spoke to Richard Wilson, the Director and co-founder of Stop Funding Hate, to find out more.

MDI: Could you start by telling our readers why you started Stop Funding Hate back in 2016?

There was a huge surge of anti-migrant stories in the UK press, in particular in The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Daily Express. It was clear that this was creating a very toxic atmosphere that was only getting worse. Still, these newspapers just kept on pushing this really negative narrative.

I was very shocked at the way this was starting to spill into violence on the streets. I was thinking to myself, what would it take to persuade these editors to change the way they frame these issues? I was not thinking that we as a society cannot discuss migration. But, it was about the tone of these discussions. For example, The Daily Express in 2016 had 70 front page stories about migrants. Every single one was negative. That looks like a hate campaign.



Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance PDF Print

Date: 18 December 2018

Country: Macedonia

Screen_Shot_2018-12-28_at_4.34.50_PMIn Macedonia, only five percent of media literacy teaching processes encourage criticism of the media—a serious problem in a country known for its notorious role in the “fake news” industry leading up to the 2016 elections in the United States.

For this reason, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) partnered with the School of Journalism and Public Relations and national newspaper Nova Makedonija to respond to this research, and create “Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance,” a three-year program designed to encourage media literacy among high school students through a student-run monthly newspaper publication called “Medium” and a series of media labs, where students met once a month to explore questions ranging from, “How do we know when journalists are trying to manipulate us?” to “what can we do if someone illegally publishes our photo or video without our permission?”

Helping Refugee Journalists Return to Work PDF Print

Published: 21 July 2017

Country: UK

refugee_projectBreaking into journalism can be a real struggle for many in the UK. If you are a refugee, regardless of your talent and experience, this could be almost impossible.

With this in mind, Vivienne Francis, Journalism Course Leader at London College of Communication, started the Refugee Journalism Project, an initiative that supports refugee and exiled journalists to re-establish their careers in the UK. At the newsrewired event of on 19 July 2017, Vivienne Francis shared the difficulties many individuals are facing how the project has offered a constructive response to the refugee crisis.

Div-A-Diversity Accelerator for Media Inclusiveness PDF Print

Published: 31 August

Region: Europe


The Council of Europe has launched a pilot mentoring programme called Div-A-Diversity Accelerator. This programme aims at testing a new approach to rendering the media landscape in Europe more inclusive with regard to population diversity and more balanced in relation to diversity issues.

The Council of Europe is creating an international group of alternative multimedia journalists who have established their own business models using transmedia/multimedia/crossmedia journalism and crowdfunding/sponsoring in order to monitor ten individuals or groups of young media professionals who are already committed to diversity inclusiveness to use the tools new media offers and launch their own start-ups.

“Yes We Must”: Gender Equality in the Media by 2030 PDF Print

Dates: 8 March – 3 May 2015

Region: Worldwide

women_media_by_Kraising_BoonyarangkavornUNESCO has just launched Women Make the News 2015 (WMN), the annual initiative to promote gender equality in media content and staffing.

Within the programme Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), editors-in-chief of newspapers, radio, television, and online media are encouraged to produce special supplements or programmes on these topics, and to entrust women journalists and reporters with editorial responsibility for the duration of the WMN initiative – from 1 March to 5 May, encompassing the International Women’s Day (8 March) and the World Press Freedom Day (3 May).

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