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Egyptian Students' Website as an Important Platform for Young PDF Print

Dates: 8 – 10 December 2013

Country: Egypt, Ain Sokna

webzine_photos_newEgyptian journalism students, who are producing and editing a website Ahna Keda (The Way We Are), participated in the workshop organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). The purpose of the training in Ain Sokna on 8 – 10 December 2013 was to improve the quality of the articles and re-evaluate the content commissioning processes, as well as to explore the concept of inclusive, critical non-partisan and unbiased political journalism.

The participants discussed the topics of how to write the top news stories, what are the most reliable newsgathering sources, how to provide a suitable photograph and/or video clip for their webzine, but also how to overcome technical issues such as uploading a content.

MDI Article Attracts the Attention of Algerian Authorities PDF Print

Dates: 24 – 28 November 2013

Country: Algeria

algeria_november_2An article produced at a Media Diversity Institute journalism workshop in Algeria in November 2013 attracted the attention and positive reaction of the Ministry of Culture in Algeria.

One of the MDI trainees produced a story about the war orphans of the Algerian War of Independence who were raised by the state as the ballet dancers, but later, as they claimed, lost status and state benefits such as pensions.

Story of an Orphan in Russia, written at MDI Training PDF Print

Dates: 24-28 November 2013

Country: Russia, Saratov

saratov_workshopIt was a compelling story: the young boy, who lost his mother at six, was taken away from his alcoholic father at 12 and spent the next four years in an orphanage. But Alexei’s problem were not over when he finally left the orphanage, even though he was determined to make his way in a world that had given him a tough start.

As an orphan he was entitled to a government flat but bureaucratic delays and incompetence meant there was a queue. A long queue.  Five years on and Alexei is still waiting for his flat. The wait could go on for another five years.

Telling the Stories “Through People” in Ekaterinburg PDF Print

Dates: 18 - 22 November 2013

Country: Russia, Ekaterinburg

ekatarinburg_workshopAnna Kolesnik was struggling with a sore throat but gamely agreed to read out her story to the rest of the journalists in the group. Anna, a reporter on Rossiyskaya Gazeta, told the moving tale of a mother’s struggle to bring up and find a school for her autistic child.

Her story highlighted the problems faced by the parents of autistic children in a country where the condition is not universally recognised or understood. Anna’s story was the pick of a fine crop of stories produced by 16 journalists on a Media Diversity Institute workshop on Reporting Diversity in Ekaterinburg, the capital of Sverdlovsk region , from 18 -22 November.

MDI and Chada FM – a Partnership for Diversity PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 23 November 2013

Region: UK, London

moroccans_bbc_november_7The Media Diversity Institute organised a study tour to London for representatives of one its partners in Morocco – Chada FM. During this visit to London, the continuation of the partnership between one of the biggest commercial radio stations in Morocco and MDI was discussed.

Journalists, editors and the owner of this leading commercial radio station visited BBC Arabic, Spectrum Radio and discussed implementation of a Diversity Charter, as well as an audio diaries project as a way of giving a voice to unheard, ordinary Moroccans.

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