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Charity Name: Media Diversity

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Inclusive Journalism Initiative PDF Print


Regions: Europe & Asia-Pacific

Timeframe: 2013 - 2016

Funder: European Commission & New Zealand Education

Partners: Multiple

The Inclusive Journalism Initiative: Reporting Europe and the Asia Pacific is a mobility project between four journalism university schools in Europe and New Zealand.

The project, between the Auckland University of Technology (Auckland, New Zealand), the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand), the Danish School of Media and Journalism (Aarhuus, Denmark) and the Swedish School of Social Science (Helsinki, Finland), involves the development of an inclusive journalism curriculum, the exchange of students and staff and joint research. According to the programme, European students will spend a semester in New Zealand, while students from New Zealand will head to Denmark or Finland for their exchange programme.

First Combined Pakistan and Afghan Conflict Reporting Course PDF Print

Region/country: Afghanistan and Pakistan

Timeframe/dates: 2008

Funder: British High Commission in Pakistan

Partners: Intermedia Islamabad

Project Description

This course was the first joint course for Pakistani and Afghan journalists on Conflict Reporting. Held in London in March 2008, the course was organized by Intermedia Islamabad and the Media Diversity Institute, with the support of the British High Commission in Pakistan. During the two-week course, journalists explored the practical, theoretical and management issues of working in conflict zones. The most important aim of the training was to build the capacity of journalists from Pakistan and Afghanistan in reporting on conflict and post-conflict issues through exposure to successful, high profile case studies on conflict resolution

Enhancing freedom of expression and media capacity in Azerbaijan PDF Print

AzeriJournoFireRegion/country: Azerbaijan

Timeframe/dates: 2009 – 2012

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: Article 19

The purpose of this project, jointly managed by Article 19 and MDI, is to strengthen freedom of expression (FoE) in Azerbaijan through advocacy for legal reform, in particular abolition of criminal defamation, and capacity building of the media. While Article 19 is responsible for activities related to legal reforms in the field of FoE, MDI’s role focuses on training for journalists on legal awareness and the principles of professional reporting on defamation/FoE issues. In addition MDI is responsible for the design and production of TV debate shows and commissioning of articles on defamation/FoE issues.  The project is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Enhancing Media Relations/Media Advocacy Skills of Moderate Muslim NGOs across Indonesia PDF Print

Region/country: Indonesia

Timeframe/dates: 2007/2008

Funder: UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: N/A

Project Description

The aim of this project was to enable moderate Islamic NGOs in Indonesia to speak loudly, clearly and efficiently through the media, gaining control over the way in which they are perceived through the media. Therefore, promoting moderate, balanced Islamic views which are commonly and significantly missing from the media’s agenda, this is, all too often saturated by extreme attitudes. The rationale behind the project is that it is essential to support and assist moderate Islamic non-governmental organizations in their efforts to promote the concept that Islamic values can be the basis for a non violent democratic political system, equality between sexes, and religious tolerance. The project consisted of a series of workshops organized in cooperation with local partners, On Track Media and the Alliance of Independent Journalists. They were attended by Islamic NGO participants and journalists. MDI experts trained moderate Islamic NGO representatives how to communicate with media, and journalists how to use information provided by NGOs.

RD Training for Trainers PDF Print

Region/country: Global

Timeframe/dates: 2006/2007

Funder: The Sigrid Rausing Trust

Partners: Mediawise

Project Description

Recognizing that suitably experienced and skilled Reporting Diversity (RD) trainers are incredibly rare on the global media training market, MDI intends to train more of them on a regular, systematic basis. Development of a specialized reporting diversity trainers-training program and the resulting pool of highly trained professionals will benefit MDI but the industry as whole as well. The ‘Training of trainers – development of RD trainer cadre’ program will lay the foundation for a series of annual ‘train-the-trainers’ workshops, starting with a pilot training workshop, co-organized with MediaWise, at the beginning of November. Our aim is to create, within three years, a pool of 25-35 trainers, at which point training will be reviewed and decision will be made as to whether the pool needs to be sustained through further regular training programs. An advisory panel of four people will oversee the “Training of trainers” development process.

Reporting Diversity Network Indonesia - pilot project PDF Print

Region/country: Indonesia

Timeframe/dates: Ongoing from 2004

Funder: The Open Society Institute

Partners: Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (Jakarta)

Project Description

A study of the media diversity situation in Indonesia to make an assessment as to whether MDI's work would be useful and cost-effective in that country. If the assessment indicates that MDI can play an effective and meaningful role in Indonesia, further consultation with potential beneficiaries will culminate in the preparation of a media diversity project for the region. The aims of this project is to find out what are the media diversity issues and problems if any that need to be addressed in Indonesia, to invite the people there to give their solutions to those problems and to talk to people about solutions that MDI and others have tried in other places and found out if it could be relevant to Indonesia. The project will take place in two or three phases: research, consultation and project preparation.

Mentoring research fellows at the Central European University PDF Print

Region/country: Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, and Mongolia

Timeframe/dates: Ongoing from 2002

Funder: The European Community, The Eurasia Foundation, IREX Media Innovations Program for Georgia The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

[NOTE: The project is 89% funded. Additional funding opportunities exist]

Partners: Baku Press Club (Baku), Black Sea Press (Tbilisi), Internews (Armenia), Internews (Azerbaijan), Internews (Georgia), Journalists' Club Asparez (Gyumri), Liberty Institute (Tbilisi), Yerevan Press Club (Yerevan)

Project Description

MDI mentors fellows from the International Policy Fellowship (IPF) program of the Central European University (Budapest) and the Open Society Institute. The program supports research by civil society leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia.

This 36-month project aims to use the power of the media (both the news and entertainment media) to create deeper public understanding of ethnic and other minority groups and their human rights issues in the countries of the South Caucasus. By presenting these marginalized, vulnerable and misportrayed groups in fair, accurate and balanced ways, the media will raise public consciousness of minority rights and help combat xenophobia, racism, ethnic discrimination and intolerance. Informed, inclusive, and professional media coverage of ethnic minorities and issues of importance to them are the best bridge between divided ethnic groups. The programme targets journalists at all levels, ethnic and minority leaders and their NGOs, journalism educators and students, and the general public. Activities are predominantly training-based and are diverse, ranging from provision of diversity reporting tools, to cross-ethnic team reporting exercises, to workshops for ethnic and minority leaders.