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Rising number in self-harming amongst young people; is the internet to blame? PDF Print

Published: 20 October 2017

Country: UK

apple-1853337_960_720Social media has become a staple in the life of young people. In many ways, we do not know the effects this can have on a child’s life, with this development still being quite new. However, some new data has come to light which highlights the negative influence social media can have, particularly on teenage girls. A new study has been released by the British Medical Journal, with cooperation from University of Manchester researchers, focusing on self-harm amongst adolescents. Alarmingly, the study found that reports of self-harm in young girls (ages 13 to 16) have risen by 68% between 2011 and 2014. This is a sharp increase and is worrisome to say the least.

 
MDI in Armenia: Real Women to Represent Real Women PDF Print

Dates: 2 – 3 October 2017

Country: Armenia, Yerevan

Yerevan_event_Oct_2017Judged by the conclusion of the Yerevan Civil Society Forum devoted to the EU-Armenia cooperation, majority of Armenians would be ready and willing to join the EU, but only under a condition that Armenian customs and traditions including unequal treatment of women, are kept.

This impression was particularly strong during a debate at the panel on Diversity and Gender where worsening gender inequality in the country raised a few doubts about Armenia’s readiness to promote the EU values. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, over the last 5 years, Armenia dropped from 84th to 102nd place out of 144 countries surveyed in total.

 
Call for Entries: Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge PDF Print

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Deadline: 29 October 2017

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan

Euroasia_Call_for_Entries_SmallWith countries in the region neighbouring Russia facing the growing trends of state- and oligarch-controlled media, fake news, and propaganda, Eurasian audiences are being increasingly exposed to biased information. At the same time, they also face many common challenges, from financial woes to global health issues and the threat of radicalized groups, which require quality objective coverage.

The millions of people affected by these challenges need to understand them in order to make better decisions, strive for better lives, and call for change. New and more creative ways of informing people and broadening the audience for entertaining but informative, high-quality content must be found.

 
Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 21 September 2017

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Screen_Shot_2017-10-05_at_12.46.18Fake news and misuse of information in the media were the main topics of the Media Meets Literacy conference held on 20-21 September in Sarajevo. The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans Executive Director Ivana Jelaca was amongst participants discussing how to foster media literacy among citizens of different backgrounds, as well as the role of social media in the contemporary media environment.

The conference was organised by the Evens Foundation in order to explore the question of media literacy ‘at a time when information literacy and critical thinking toward the media are more crucial than ever’.

 
Meet the New Generation of Diversity and the Media MA Students PDF Print

Date: 21 September 2017

Country: UK, London

MA_Diversity_Students_2017On the first day that the students of MA Diversity and the Media 2017/18 gathered in Harrow Campus in London, their classroom was filled with excitement, but also nervousness.  Introducing this innovative MA programme, developed and designed by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the University of Westminster, the course leader Dr Roza Tsagarousianou asked some important questions. “What is the power of the media? But also who has the power in the media?”

The new students of MA Diversity and the Media come from all over the world. With their diverse background in education, origins, and motives, they are all committed to diversity. “I have chosen to study at this course because I want to explore what diversity means and signifies. I also intend to write stories about people who are or who feel different,” said one of the students.

 
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