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Reporting on Migration & Refugees Workshop for EU Journalists PDF Print

Date:4 – 8 September 2017

Country: UK, London

Refugees_JournalistsThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is inviting applications for a workshop it is organising for journalists from EU countries who are keen to improve their skills related to reporting on migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups.

The event will be held in London between 4 – 8 September 2017. Journalists from EU countries interested in participating at the workshop should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information on how to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is end of 24 July 2017. All costs of participation will be covered by the organisers.

 
Dune Voices Journalist Wins Migration Media Award PDF Print

Date: 14 June 2017

Country: Malta

Migration_Award_2017A Dune Voices journalist from Libya, Bennour Hussein, won a Migration Media Award, a newly established journalism competition funded by the European Union. Bennour Hussein who was trained by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) within the project Dune Voices, was awarded for a story about migrants and refugees in a camp in the Libyan town Gharyan. Other winners include journalists from 16 countries featuring fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of the issue of migration, its many challenges and opportunities.

“High quality reporting as rewarded by the new journalistic competition is urgently needed to improve people’s understanding of migration,” say the organisers of the Migrant Media Award ceremony held in Malta on 14 June 2017.

 
MAMIL Gathers Macedonian CSOs and the Media PDF Print

Dates:  19 – 21 May 2017

Country: Macedonia, Bitola

MAMIL_Final_Training_4_May_2017Civil society activists gathered with their media partners in order to discuss their communications and social media strategies in the projects raising media literacy in Macedonia. Eight CSOs together with their media partners, within the three years programme Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance: Macedonian Coalition of Media and Information Literacy (MAMIL), will implement different projects targeting different audience in a local level.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) joined the School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR) in Bitola on 19 – 21 May 2017 in reviewing and discussing strategies for a successful implementation of the local projects. CSOs activists and journalists from the media organisations, debated whether and to what extend to use the social media networks and what is the most appropriate target audience for their media literacy projects.

 
European Activists Tackle Hate Speech at MDI Workshop PDF Print

Dates: 22 – 26 May 2017

Country: UK, London

MAH_Workshop_May_2017_11Fifteen participants gathered at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshop “Media Tools against Hate Speech” in London to develop their skills and knowledge on digital tools tackling hate speech. On the last day of the 5-day workshop, they presented ideas for online campaigns such as the promotion of a monitoring report on Islamophobia in the Spanish media, an online tool for reporting hate crime in Slovakia, gifs and memes tackling homophobia, transphobia and biphobia amongst youngsters in Belgium, as well as a project for recruiting teachers, champions of media literacy in Romania. They also suggested #22ReasonsWhy, a supporting campaign for making 22 July the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime,  as well as ideas on how to promote rights and tell the stories of teen mums, Syrian refugees, Roma community, LGBT people etc. in the online space.

The civil society activists from European NGOs, gathered by MDI within the #MediaAgainstHate project, enjoyed several sessions by experts including Matt Cooke from Google News Lab presenting the newest Google tools. They also spent two days at Twitter in its London offices where Nick Pickles talked about this platform’s efforts to tackle hate speech. Last year, MDI and Twitter produced Tips to Counter Hate Speech on Twitter,  which MDI’s Giulia Dessi introduced to the “Media Tools against Hate” participants.

 
The BBC Published a Dune Voices Story from Mali PDF Print

Published: 19 May 2017

Country: Mali, Bamako

Bamako_Photo_1“Motorcycles never die in Bamako. That is the first thing that strikes you when you drive on the streets of Bamako. There are motorcycles everywhere, often with women drivers dressed in colourful clothes,” says Khalil Sow, a Dune Voices journalist based in Mali’s capital city. His story produced for Dune Voices about an artist using motorcycle parts for art installations was picked up and published by the BBC Arabic.

The Media Diversity Institute designed and set up Dune Voices, a multimedia platform for stories featuring marginalised communities in the Sahara region in 2014. Potential of the stories coming from Dune Voices journalists was soon recognised by many regional and international media, including the BBC, that republished and rebroadcast them.

 
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