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Charity Name: Media Diversity

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Current Projects
DeTACT: Detect Then Act PDF Print

Region/Country: Europe

Timeframe/Dates: September 2019 - September 2021

Lead Partner: TextGain

Funder: European Commission

Screen_Shot_2020-01-15_at_6.11.00_PMPartners: Media Diversity Institute Global, University of Antwerp, Karel de Grote Hogeschool, E:M + MA, Universitat Haldesheim, DUiDT

Project Objectives: DeTACT is a European collaboration between civil society organizations, technology experts and academic institutions aiming to monitor and tackle online hate speech with multiple innovative strategies to help bystanders become up standers online.

FACE: Fighting Against Cyberbullying & Exclusion PDF Print

Region/Country: Global

Timeframe/Dates: March 2019 - February 2021

Funder: Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Lead Partner: European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA)

Partners: MDI Global, Associazione Cittadini Digitali (Italy), GLAFKA (Czech Republic), KITEV Kultur im Turm (Germany), INFODEF (Spain), SOS MALTA (Malta), VEJLE (Denmark), and EMESSE (Morocco)

Screen_Shot_2019-08-09_at_10.44.15_AMProject Objectives: FACE, whose acronym stands for Fighting Against Cyberbullying & Exclusion will develop guidelines, materials, networks and multidisciplinary artistic approaches equip parents, youth workers and students to address the issue in their communities.

We developed FACE in response to the rise of cyberbullying and its extreme negative impacts. Earlier this year, the UK’s communications regulator OFCOM found that one in four children experienced a form of online abuse in 2018. Furthermore, they found that 80% of children surveyed said they were involved in a “potentially harmful online experience.” An increase in awareness amongst educators, parents and young people must take place in order to start tackling this problem. FACE recognises the lack of knowledge and tools on how to handle cyberbullying, and aims to fill this gap by working with a variety of stakeholder including youth workers, students, parents and local authorities.

Open Information Partnership PDF Print

Region/Country: Europe, Eurasia

Timeframe/Dates: December 2018 - December 2020

Lead Partner: ZINC Network

Partners: Bellingcat, Atlantic Council: Digital Forensic Research Lab, Media Diversity Institute

OIPProject Objective: The Open Information Partnership is a diverse project that brings together think tanks, fact checkers, independent media and grassroots organisations to counter the manipulation of information.

MDI trains the organisations in a variety of areas including, investigative journalism, data journalism, debunking hate speech, content sharing,  ethical issues and response campaigns.

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Support to Media and Information Literacy Clubs in Public Schools PDF Print

Region/Country: Jordan

Timeframe/dates: January 2019 – January 2020

Funder: UNESCO Amman and European Commission

Partners: Media Diversity Institute (lead partner), Jordanian Media Institute (JMI), and UNESCO.

Support_to_MIL_Clubs_in_Public_SchoolsThe project objective is to prevent the risks of hate speech and disinformation, by strengthening MIL skills among youth in Jordan. The focus is on public schools in Irbid, Zarqa, and Ma’an, where students from grades 7 - 9 will benefit from action-oriented support in MIL clubs. The clubs will focus on digital media literacy, visual media creation, authenticity of news, ethical reporting, and online privacy and security, among other topics.

MLADI: Supporting Youth Civic Engagement through Media and Digital Presence PDF Print

Region/Country: Serbia

Timeframe/dates: March 2019 – March 2022

Funder: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

Partners: Media Diversity Institute (lead partner), MDI Western Balkans, KOMS (Umbrella Organisation of Youth in Serbia), Local Press, and Novi Magazin.

MLADI__Supporting_Youth_Civic_Engagement_Through_Media__Digital_PresenceThe project objective is to support youth civic engagement through media and digital presence. The aim is to empower young people in Serbia to become engaged, well-informed and responsible democratic citizens through increasing their media and digital literacy and offering them tools and channels to voice their opinions to wider audience. The project title MLADI stands for Media Literacy Alliance and Digital Importance, and also means ‘young’ in Serbian.


New Neighbours: Mobilising Media and Civil Society Actors to Foster Greater Intercultural Understanding between Migrants and Host Communities in Europe PDF Print

Region/Country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: January 2019 – January 2021

Funder: European Commission

Partners: European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is leading the project with Media Diversity InstituteCommunity Media Forum Europe (CMFE), COMMIT and COSPE as project partners.

The project objectives are to counteract the damaging media agenda on migrants, which often uses negative stereotypes and frames, and distinguishes them as the ‘other’. New_NeighboursThis will be achieved by highlighting the positive contribution of migrants to local societies. The project will also communicate real facts about migration and combat stereotypes. There will also be project initiatives to give migrant a voice in the public discourse. This will help foster tolerance and acceptance for migrants and refugees in the EU.

News and Digital Literacy Project – Where Fake News Fails PDF Print

Region/Country: Macedonia

Timeframe/Dates: 2018 - 2021

Funder: European Union

Partners: Media Diversity Institute, Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers, and the Institute for Communication Studies

d.literacyThe Macedonian Institute for Media, together with its project partners, is launching a project titled “News and Digital Literacy Project – Where Fake News Fails.” The aim of the three year project is to promote news and digital literacy, in order to improve the effectiveness, responsibility and ethics of civil society and journalists is using the right of freedom of opinion and expression.

The project aims to increase debate amongst journalists about news and digital literacy, focussing on the economic and social conditions for freedom of expression. Through its activities the project will contribute to increasing knowledge of CSOs to effectively counteract unethical media reporting and fake news. It will also guide social media users into becoming more knowledgeable consumers online, both of online information and news, creating more responsible active citizens.

„Disability: A Matter of Perception“ Project in Macedonia PDF Print

Region/Country: Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: January 2018 – January 2020

Funder: European Union

Partners: Macedonian Institute for Media, National Council of People with Disability Organizations of Macedonia

Macedonia_DisabilityThe main aim of the project „Disability: A Matter of Perception“  is to strengthen visibility of persons with disabilities (PwD) in the media. The weakened role of the media as protectors of public interest in Macedonia on one hand, and the difficult climate in which civil society organisations (CSOs) operate on the other, led to the shrinking of media space for pressing needs of disadvantaged groups, and consequently to citizens’ misperceptions in recognising the existing discrimination. The invisibility of PwD in media hampers their true participation in public life and full exercise of human rights and social inclusion.

Get the Trolls Out! Phase 2 PDF Print

Region/Country: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, UK

Timeframe/dates: 2017 – 2019

Partners: European Forum of Muslim Women (EFOMW), Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme (Licra), Amadeu Antonio Stitfung (AAS), European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), Symbiosis, The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ), and with the support of the Council of Europe.

logo_final_Get_the_trolls_outThis 18-month project strives to encourage young people to combat discrimination and religious intolerance in Europe. It builds on “Get the Trolls Out!” – a highly successful initiative which gave young people and CSOs the tools to combat antisemitism in the European media space.

Led by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), the second phase of this project benefits from the partners’ experience of using innovative media outputs to deliver a powerful counter-narrative, extending their scope to include diverse forms of hate speech, including Islamophobia, anti-Christian sentiments, and attempts to turn public opinion against migrants and asylum-seekers.