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MA Diversity and the Media for Tomorrow’s Inclusive Journalists PDF Print

Published: 1 February 2016

Country: United Kingdom, Worldwide

MA_Diversity_Students_2015They come from different backgrounds – different countries, religions, ethnic group, and cultures. Some are experienced journalists eager to foster their reporting skills, while others are BA graduates who want to begin a career in journalism. The students who enrol to the MA Diversity and the Media at Westminster University designed and set up in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), all want something different than what other masters’ in Journalism or Media Studies usually offer. Not simply a combination of practice and theory, but a critical understanding of the social and media structures and journalistic practices impacting upon the social construction, representation and understanding of social diversity. Plus a first-hand experience in the practice of inclusive journalism.

Stories from the Sahara PDF Print

Published: 29 January 2016

Countries: Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Mauritania

DV_Photos_Extremists_MaliWhen the group of armed men stormed the luxury hotel in Bamako taking 170 people hostage, not many media outlets had reporters on the ground. The attack, happening a week after the Paris attacks in November 2015, showed once again how important reliable sources of information are. Together with big networks’ correspondents in Mali, there was a journalist trained by the feature agency and multimedia platform Dune Voices. Accurate information, first-hand photos and witnesses’ stories provided by this newly established agency were taken and rebroadcasted by outlets such as Africa 24 and World Weekly.

However, despite providing quick news about the attack, this is not the agencies raison d’etre: Dune Voices is a feature agency and not a news agency, and specialises in providing indepth, well investigated feature stories. A classic example of this was demonstrated a few days after the Bamako attack, when another member of Dune Voices’ Malian team, taking great personal risk, travelled to an area 400 kilometres north of Timbuktu to investigate the source of Islamic fundamentalism in the north of the country. He did what he was trained to do – to report on people of the Sahara’s lives, fears, wishes and challenges.

MDI in Mauritania: Strenghtening Civil Society PDF Print

Dates: 7 – 9 December 2016

Country: Mauritania

Screen_Shot_2016-01-15_at_18.20.06Fahmy Mint El Alem is a student at the University of Nouakchott, Mauritania. Even though she says she is occupied with her studies, she dedicates her time to two civil society oraganisations in the West African country. One of organisations Fahmy is active in, is fighting for the rights of prisoners. The other CSO is campaigning for better conditions for women and girls living with cancer.

"People we are working with have reduced visibility and live in very specific circumstances. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to learn how to get attention of the media and make them write about problems of prisoners and seriously ill women,” says Mint after attending the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshop in Nouakchott, on 7 – 9 December 2015.

Reporting Different Religions and Diversity in Morocco PDF Print

Dates: 4 – 6 December 2015

Country: Morocco

King_Mohamed_V_Morocco“There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only Moroccan subjects.” This is how Moroccan king Mohammed V apparently responded to the Vichy regime during the Second World War which held power in North Africa. His protective position of the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world at that moment has become legendary.  Although the number of Jews in Morocco significantly decreased in decades after the war, going from more than 250.000 to 2.500, participants of a workshop held in December in Casablanca wanted to know why there are no articles or TV and radio programmes about the Jewish heritage in their country.

The workshop was organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in partnership with DAMIR, a Moroccan organisation promoting freedom of conscience and belief. DAMIR gathers some of the biggest names in Morocco - intellectuals, journalists and artists, and it is led by Salah El Ouadie, a poet and human rights advocate.

Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories Link Jews with Paris Attacks PDF Print

Published: 22 December 2015

Region: Europe

Soldiers_on_patrol_in_Jewish_quarter_in_ParisConspiracy theories linking Jews and Israel with Paris attacks and the refugee crisis have been emerging in social media, the media monitoring of the MDI project Get the Trolls Out! reveals.

Not only users on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook spread antisemitic ideas, but Get the Trolls Out team has reported on some politicians and public officials in Europe who have been recorded expressing publicly antisemitic conspiracy theories.

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