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“Media as Watchdogs of Public Interest” Workshop in Skopje PDF Print

Dates: 30-31 March

Country: Macedonia, Skopje

MDI_EJN_MAMIL_Workshop_Skopje_March_2017Journalists and editors from 8 media outlets in Macedonia participated in the workshop organised as a part of a media literacy programme MAMIL run by the School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR) and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).  The workshop “Media as Watchdogs of Public Interest” was conducted by the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) on 30-31 March 2017 in Skopje.

“In many cases, journalists and media in Macedonia cover topics that are interesting to the public, with sensationalistic headlines structured solely to attract a larger audience. During the two-day workshop participants were acquainted with the role of media as the watchdogs of public interest, and learnt how to better grapple with issues of public interest, and how to cover them in their news reporting,” said the trainer Tom Law from EJN.

MDI in Perugia: "China's Censors as Techy as Media Users" PDF Print

Date: 5 April 2017

Country: Italy, Perugia

MDI_in_Perugia_1At the ongoing International Journalism Festival in Perugia 2017, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) hosted a panel “China: Between Traditional and Digital Media”. The panel moderated by MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic attracted attention of the Festival’s participants since the panellists explored the impact of technology on the Chinese media outlets, their social media presence and the way traditional media operate in a digital age.

The Dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, Zhang Zhi’an, said that the print in China is on a rapid decline, but that the traditional media are still the main channels of information. Professor Zhang said  that popular messaging applications such as WeChat and QQ have 700 million and 900 million active users.

#MediaAgainstHate Announces 5 Favourite Videos PDF Print

Date: 21 March 2017

Region: Europe

MAH_5_Videos_StereotypesThe Media against Hate campaign invited professional journalists, community media practitioners and media students in Europe to document how their daily work helps fight against discrimination and counter hate. On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March, the “Favourite 5” videos were announced.

The Media against Hate jury including Giulia Dessi from the Media Diversity Institute, said that “it was difficult to choose, as contest entries demonstrated countering hate and discrimination from a variety of well-informed and relevant perspectives”. The selected “Favourite 5” videos are:

“Media Tools against Hate Speech” Workshop for EU NGOs PDF Print

Dates: 22 – 26 May 2017

Location: London, UK

MAH_Image_2The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is inviting applications for a workshop it is organising for civil society organisations involved in countering hate speech and promoting rights of minority groups who are discriminated and targets of hate speech.

The event will be held in London between 22 – 26 May 2017. CSO activists 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 2 May. All costs of participation will be covered by the organisers.

The workshop organised within the Media against Hate project aims to explore different media tools that can be used in countering hate speech. The trainers will particularly focus on digital media tools and platforms that can be used to support the work of those trying to counter hate speech. The workshop will be highly practical in nature and one of the objectives will be for all trainees to produce at least one media campaign product during the event.

Migration Media Award 2017 PDF Print

Deadline: 9 April 2017

Region: Euro-Mediterranean region

Migration_Media_AwardThe Migration Media Award will recognize and reward the excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of up to 36 journalism pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The stories competing for the Migration Media Award funded by the European Union have to be published in between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Earlier published stories cannot be accepted.

The current discourse surrounding migration has taken a dramatically negative turn in the last decade both within Europe and internationally, demanding a review on how information pertaining to migration is gathered, shared and disseminated amongst different actors, which greatly affects both migration policy and public perception.

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