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How to Report on People in Poverty PDF Print

Published: 2 August 2017

Country: UK

food-sorting-2103-683x416_trussell_trust_food_bankLast week, a report by In Kind Direct revealed that a growing number of people in the UK are facing hygiene poverty. A few days before, figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showed that the number of homeless children living in temporary accommodation has increased by 37% since 2014, reaching a total of 120,540.

Although stories about poverty concern people who are potential audience, media organisations do not give enough attention to poverty and inequality, nor do they report sensitively about disadvantaged communities. Stereotypes, assumption and misinformation often dominate in articles on benefit frauds, or human-interest stories with no hope in sight, contributing in strengthening prejudice and keeping the status quo.

 
Can Video Change Prejudices about LGBT People in Singapore? PDF Print

Published: 2 August 2017

Country: Singapore

Sinagpore_Pink_DotAfter the government of Singapore demanded foreign companies to stop sponsoring Pink Dot – an annual LGBT movement – it has now forbidden foreign nationals from joining the annual LGBT community gathering. The Pink Dot movement responded by organising the campaign Starting a Conversation. In the campaign video, three LGBT Singaporeans meet and chat with their fellow citizens in order to break the prejudices and stereotypical views of the LGBT community. Different points of view are exchanged and discussed.

The Pink Dot video not only deepens the understanding of the LGBT community in Singapore but also deconstructs harmful myths and prejudices.

 
BBC Top Paid Stars: White and Male PDF Print

Published: 28 July 2017

Country: UK

BBCThe recent disclosure of the top paid BBC journalists and presenters revealed that men are paid, in some cases, 4 times more than their female colleagues. A gender pay gap is ‘old news’ in the media industry, but it is also a reminder that the discrimination based on gender should be put to an end.

The media coverage of the topic in the light of the revelation within the BBC was extensive. Some front pages headlines include: “BBC’s gender pay gap revealed,” “Two-thirds of top-earning stars are men,” “Bloated Blokes Club”, while the Guardian pointed out to the lack of ethnic minorities amongst the 24 highest paid BBC stars.

 
Lack of Women Over 30 in German TV and Film PDF Print

Published: 26 July 2017

Country: Germany

German_Actress_FurtwanglerAfter the age of 30, women start to disappear from German screens. A recent study by the Rostock University reveals that in German film, more than half of the lead roles are male. Furthermore, 67% of protagonists on the TV – lead actors in TV series’, game show hosts, experts, spokespersons and journalists – are men.

Also, after the age of 50, the ratio of female to male appearances on TV and in film increases to three to one. Therefore, not only is there a disparity between younger men and women, but as they age, women become significantly more disadvantaged in the media profession, reveals the study.

 
Serbian Daily Politika Accused of Misogyny PDF Print

Published: 21 July 2017

Country: Serbia

PolitikaTwo women have been killed by their partners in the premises of the Serbian Social Welfare Centre. The brutality of these murders shocked the Serbian public, especially because these women were killed in an institution which supposedly offered a safe environment for victims of domestic violence. Most of the media in Serbia have been reporting on this incident for several days. However, only a few media outlets questioned the failure of Serbian society and its social services in protecting victims of domestic violence, most of whom are women.

Following this tragic event, one of the most prominent Serbian newspapers, Politika, which advertises itself as 'the oldest newspaper in the Balkans', published a fake interview with a fake expert relativising violence against women.

 
From Angels to Taxis: Media Shift in Reporting on Migrants’ Rescuers PDF Print

Date: 21 June 2017

Country: Italy

Italy_MigrantsItaly has seen a radical change in the narrative of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean Sea, shifting from gratitude and admiration to suspicion and intolerance. This is revealed by “Navigare a Vista: The Narrative of Migrants’ Search and Rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea”, an analysis of the media coverage of SAR operations by Osservatorio di Pavia, COSPE, and Associazione Carta di Roma, three Italian NGOs.

Despite the constantly divisive coverage of migration, for all 2016 - says the report - the image of rescuers remains positive, with portraits of “heroes” and “sea angels” saving thousands of lives from drowning in the sea. But the first months of 2017 see a turning point in this dominant narrative.   “The work of the NGOs is under scrutiny, dissonant opinions emerge, and the good faith of the organisations and their humanitarian spirit are now challenged, up to allegations of being part of the so called business of migration,” report reveals.

 
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