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MDI at the World Journalism Educators Congress PDF Print

Dates: 14 – 16 July 2016

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 December 2015

Region: Worldwide

WJEC_New_ZealandThe biggest world gathering of journalism educators will be held at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand on 14 – 16 July 2016. With the support of journalism education organizations worldwide, the 4th Congress is designed to provide a discussion forum on common issues and interests and a foundation for supporting the continuing development of journalism and journalism education around the globe.

The WJEC is inviting academic paper abstracts related to the wider issue of journalism education for presentation as refereed research papers at the conference.   To submit a paper abstract, go to or contact the Steering Committee Chair, Verica Rupar on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 December. The organiser offers the UNESCO NZ travel grants for participants from the least developed countries and it might be possibilities for other travel grants.

MDI at the Hong Kong MIL Conference PDF Print

Date: 4 - 6 November 2015

Region: Worldwide (Hong Kong)

Media_LiteracyAfter decades of development, research and practice of media literacy education, experts are still struggling to define what Media and Information Literacy (MIL) really is. According to the 2-day debate at the Hong Kong Conference, jointly organised by the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University and Institute of Communication Studies, Communication University of China – it seems that the field of MIL is located at the crossroad of many academic disciplines and it possesses a multidisciplinary characteristic. The participants agreed that for both, research and practice, media literacy is not restricted to be carried out in a single discipline.

Remembering the Night of Broken Glass PDF Print

Published: 9 November 2015

Region: Worldwide

Kristallnacht_1938On this day 77 years ago, mass violence against Jews broke out across Germany. Many were killed. Thousands of Jewish shops in Berlin and throughout Germany were devastated and thousands of windows were broken. That is why 9 November 1938 is known as Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass.

The team behind Get the Trolls Out, a project against antisemitism in the media led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), is marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht by mobilising its partners across Europe, publishing articles and cartoons as a reminder to stand up against antisemitism today.

Dune Voices – A Platform for Stories about People and their Communities PDF Print

Dates: 28 September – 20 October 2015

Country: Mauritania

Mauritanian_FishermenMauritania is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Its 754 kilometre long Atlantic seaboard is the subject of fishing agreements between Mauritania and different countries, including the EU.  The Financial Times reported that Brussels has “one of the most important fisheries agreement, both in terms of volume and product diversity” with Mauritania. However, there are not many media reports about “les pecheurs du Mauritanie (Mauritanian fishermen).  They are ordinary people who struggle to survive, not only at the ocean when they go fishing, but also in their everyday lives since most of them don’t have any social security, insurance for their boats or state pensions.  Article on Mauritanian fishermen is just one of several stories produced for the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) multimedia platform Dune Voices, during the second round of journalism training for Dune Voices reporters.

MDI in Milan: No Vocabulary to Talk about Diversity? PDF Print

Date: 9 October 2015

Country: Italy

salvini_bulldozerWith politicians wearing t-shirts with bulldozers representing the razing to the ground of Roma camps, editors vocalising on Twitter their hopes for more Mecca stampedes, and journalists labelling immigration as an “emergency” for a decade, xenophobic discourse in Italy is a problem that needs to be urgently confronted.

Still, while hate speech and hate crimes are still unknown to the majority, workers in this sector (lawyers, judges, CSOs, journalists, teachers, researchers, and engaged citizens) have to face many challenges and questions when it comes to concretely respond to incidents through the existing procedures.

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