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MDI Brings Leading Chinese Professors to the UK PDF Print

Published: 14 April 2016

Country: China/UK

China_Professors_Frontline_ClubGender is a ‘safe topic’ in China that can be discussed in the media, academia and elsewhere. But gender is still mostly understood as a women’s issue. Two leading professors from the prominent Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) based in the capital of the most economically prosperous Chinese province, Guangdong, are challenging that very concept of gender, especially in journalism and media reporting. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) invited Dr Haiyan Wang and  Dr Zhijin Zhong to visit the UK and various universities that have modules on gender and media. They also talked to professors from MA Diversity and the Media, an innovative postgraduate course developed and designed through partnership between MDI and the University of Westminster.

MDI’s guests from China also visited Kings College, City University, Goldsmiths, LSE and Cardiff University. They learnt that the average ratio of female to male students attending journalism courses in the UK is 60:40, but also that when it comes to Gender and Media Courses this ratio dramatically changes, as hardly any men join in. For instance, out of 50 Gender and the Media students at Cardiff University, only 6 are men.

MDI to create Macedonian Media and Information Literacy Coalition PDF Print

Published: 4 April 2016

Country: Macedonia

Macedonia_SJPR_Media_LiteracyThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has joined the School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR), one of the most prominent higher education institutions in Macedonia, in their efforts to establish a coalition of media and civil society organisations. The Macedonian Media and Information Literacy Coalition (MAMIL) has a goal of promoting Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Macedonia, in order to empower citizens to become active participants in the public sphere and a policy-making process, and reinforce the watchdog role of the media in Macedonia.

The specific objectives of the project "Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance: Macedonian Coalition of Media and Information Literacy" is to raise awareness about the importance of MIL as a prerequisite for participatory democracy and pluralism, create a coalition of media, CSOs, and citizens for promoting MIL, empower citizens and civil society with MIL skills and knowledge as a precondition for active citizenry and introduce public journalism by creating meaningful and diverse news content as imperative for achieving media pluralism, diversification of sources and human-oriented stories.

Fighting Racism with Satirical Cartoons PDF Print

Published: 31 March 2016

Region: Worldwide

Cut_and_Paste_Artwork_FIN_-_webOn the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) published a satirical cartoon highlighting similarities between racism and discrimination against various social groups.

The cartoon shows that racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-migrants rhetoric and many other types of discrimination have their basis in hate speech and hatred towards minorities and marginalised groups.

The cartoon, by the cartoonist Polyp, is part of the MDI project “Get the Trolls Out!” a programme to combat online antisemitism in Europe. Within a partnership of five organisations across Europe, Get the Trolls Out! rejects antisemitic discourse in the media as well as in everyday life. It engages young people in exposing the prejudices, misrepresentation and manipulation of antisemitic public discourses through creative education, humour, theatre, fact-based messages and complaints.

MDI at the World Journalism Education Congress PDF Print

Dates: 14-16 July 2016

Country: New Zealand

WJEC_2016_openingThe fourth World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) gathered leading journalism educators from around the world in Auckland, New Zealand, from 14 to 16 July 2016. Hosted by Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the WJEC saw more than 200 delegates from around the world presenting and sharing their knowledge and experience in teaching young journalists. WJEC partners and sponsors included the Media Diversity Institute (MDI). Our Executive Director Milica Pesic provided expert’s background information to the Congress’ Inclusive Journalism syndicate offering recommendations to journalism educators on how to best prepare their students for future coverage.

"The media outlines the pros and cons but there is no 50 shades of grey, which is what every society is made up of,” said Pesic sharing with other participants MDI's grassroots approach to inclusive journalism.

Women Seldom a Topic in Political Shows in Morocco, MDI Study Shows PDF Print

Date: 8 March 2016

Country: Morocco

Morocco_8_March_Study_Event_UK_Ambassador_and_Mounia_BelafiaGathering more than 200 media decision makers, journalists, editors, directors of public media services, diplomats and international experts, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) has presented results of The Image of Women in the Moroccan Media in the Run-up to and During Local and Regional Elections 2015 study. In her opening speech at the event held on the International Women’s Day in Rabat, the UK Ambassador to Morocco Karen Betts said she is pleased that through British funding MDI has been able to help empower Moroccan and Mauritanian women. “The project has made an important contribution to raising the profile of women who ran in recent local, regional and provincial elections in Morocco,” said Ambassador Betts. She has mentioned other MDI achievements on social cohesion and diversity in the region such as the Dune Voices website.

Presenting results of monitoring done by MDI and its partners ISIC Alumni and AEF (Association of Women Start), Dr. Abdelouahhab Errami said that most of Moroccan media considered women to be voters rather than actors in political processes such were elections 2015. “Our Study shows that women’s issues are only tackled during specialized programs for women, cooking or talk shows. In political shows on TV and radio, women would only appear as guests and rarely women’s issues would be a topic of a serious debate,” said Dr. Errami.

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