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Through the Sand and Road Blocks in Mali PDF Print

Dates: 17 – 23 January 2015

Country: Mali

bamako_17-23_janThree days, 1542 kilometres and dozens of road blocks: to reach their destination in Bamako, future Dune Voices reporters Mohamed, Souleymane, Abdahrahmane, and Hama had to go through a difficult journey.

As they were travelling south of the rebel-controlled town of Kidal, they saw a group of heavily armed four-wheel-drive pickups hiding under the trees. A few days later, Tuareg forces got involved in a clash with the pro-government militias and pushed the UN mission from Kidal airport. To go back home, the journalists will have to wait for the next UN flight, once the service starts again.

 
'Blogging is Not Journalism' PDF Print

Dates: 15 - 20 December 2014

Country: Morocco

RabatLast autumn in Southern Morocco, floods destroyed large parts of the road infrastructures, houses and schools. Despite the difficulties and thanks to the hasty repairs on major routes, Lahcen, Mohammed, Khalifa, M’bairouk and Hafid travelled twelve hours on the bus to reach Rabat and to attend the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) workshop on multimedia reporting. The training was organised as part of the preparations for the MDI online platform for Sahara, www.dune-voices.info.

The participants coming from remote areas of Southern Morocco were joined by their colleagues from other regions and cities. They were led through the basics of multimedia reporting by Laurent Prieur, a French News Agency reporter, photographer and video journalist, and his team.

 
United in Diversity: Many Reasons, One Goal PDF Print

Dates: 5 – 11 December 2014

Country: Mauritania

Mauritania_training_Dec_2014School teacher, fishing captain, blogger, star TV anchor… People with very different professions and from different parts of Mauritania gathered in the capital Nouakchott where the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organised a multimedia reporting workshop on 5 – 11 December. Although diverse in their professions, age, regional and cultural characteristics, the participants had a common goal – to improve reporting on their communities in Mauritania.

I want to change the way they look at us,’ said Mohammed Ag. ‘At least, if they could understand we need to be heard,’ said Haroune.  ‘They’ are the central authorities, most of the times opposed to the local communities. In order to give a voice to the voiceless in the Sahara, MDI specifically designed a multimedia course reaching out to both unskilled citizen reporters and experienced journalists.

 
Dune Voices: MDI launches Sahara multimedia platform PDF Print

Date: 13 December 2014

Countries: Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Libya

Algeria_UN_VoicesAfter months of preparation, when the platform’s team was put together, the editorial lines agreed, the name voted on and the initial host countries selected, the new web platform, Dune Voices, was launched in Casablanca on December 13.  The platform, envisaged as a bridge between social and traditional media, the first of its kind in North Africa, will be furnished with video, audio and online stories produced by MDI-trained citizen journalists who live in the Sahara desert.

‘In this way the authentic and autochthon voices from real people and the real Sahara will see the light of the day, something which does not happen often, neither in the countries which share the Sahara, nor outside of them’, said Dominique Thierry, MDI Programme Director and Head of www.dune-voices.info.

 
Development Manager Vacancy PDF Print

Application Deadline: 18 January 2015

Location: Victoria, London, UK

Salary: £35,000 - 37,000

Colorful_Containers_2The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is seeking an experienced full-time Development Manager to lead on the development of projects and funding proposals, including identifying funders, preparing approaches and proposals and negotiating contracts. The Development Manager will be responsible for the stewardship of all MDI’s funding relationships, including overall oversight of monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

MDI is a registered charity with offices in the USA, the UK and the MENA region in need of a mixed income of project and core funding granted by international media development agencies, governmental and intergovernmental organisations as well as charitable foundations. The full Job Description can be seen here.

 
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