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MDI in Armenia: Real Women to Represent Real Women PDF Print

Dates: 2 – 3 October 2017

Country: Armenia, Yerevan

Yerevan_event_Oct_2017Judged by the conclusion of the Yerevan Civil Society Forum devoted to the EU-Armenia cooperation, majority of Armenians would be ready and willing to join the EU, but only under a condition that Armenian customs and traditions including unequal treatment of women, are kept.

This impression was particularly strong during a debate at the panel on Diversity and Gender where worsening gender inequality in the country raised a few doubts about Armenia’s readiness to promote the EU values. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, over the last 5 years, Armenia dropped from 84th to 102nd place out of 144 countries surveyed in total.

 
Call for Entries: Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge PDF Print

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Deadline: 29 October 2017

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan

Euroasia_Call_for_Entries_SmallWith countries in the region neighbouring Russia facing the growing trends of state- and oligarch-controlled media, fake news, and propaganda, Eurasian audiences are being increasingly exposed to biased information. At the same time, they also face many common challenges, from financial woes to global health issues and the threat of radicalized groups, which require quality objective coverage.

The millions of people affected by these challenges need to understand them in order to make better decisions, strive for better lives, and call for change. New and more creative ways of informing people and broadening the audience for entertaining but informative, high-quality content must be found.

 
Las Vegas Shooting: ‘Lone Wolf’ or ‘Terrorist’? PDF Print

Published: 5 October 2017

Country: USA

Screen_Shot_2017-10-05_at_16.37.18The mass shooting in Las Vegas prompted a debate on whether Stephen Padock, who opened the fire at the music festival goers, is a ‘lone wolf’ or a ‘terrorist’.   According to the media reports, Padock killed 58 and injured almost 500 people at the music festival in Las Vegas. Was this an act of domestic terrorism? If so, why some media outlets avoid using the expression 'terrorism'?

“When a Muslim person mows down innocent victims and terrorizes a community, media and authorities are quick to declare it terrorism; when a white, non-Muslim attacker does the same, he is usually described as a disturbed loner in a freak incident. In both cases, journalists arrive at these conclusions early in the news cycle when information is incomplete,” reports Poynter. But the same prominent media platform refused to categorise the Las Vegas shooting as an act of terrorism based on ‘the complete, multi-part definition of domestic terrorism under the U.S. Code’. “We don’t know the Las Vegas shooter’s motives so we can’t call him a terrorist,” states the Poynter’s editorial team.

The British New Statesman claims the opposite saying that ‘motive doesn’t matter’ and that Las Vegas shooting was ‘a terror attack’.

 
Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 21 September 2017

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Screen_Shot_2017-10-05_at_12.46.18Fake news and misuse of information in the media were the main topics of the Media Meets Literacy conference held on 20-21 September in Sarajevo. The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans Executive Director Ivana Jelaca was amongst participants discussing how to foster media literacy among citizens of different backgrounds, as well as the role of social media in the contemporary media environment.

The conference was organised by the Evens Foundation in order to explore the question of media literacy ‘at a time when information literacy and critical thinking toward the media are more crucial than ever’.

 
Meet the New Generation of Diversity and the Media MA Students PDF Print

Date: 21 September 2017

Country: UK, London

MA_Diversity_Students_2017On the first day that the students of MA Diversity and the Media 2017/18 gathered in Harrow Campus in London, their classroom was filled with excitement, but also nervousness.  Introducing this innovative MA programme, developed and designed by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the University of Westminster, the course leader Dr Roza Tsagarousianou asked some important questions. “What is the power of the media? But also who has the power in the media?”

The new students of MA Diversity and the Media come from all over the world. With their diverse background in education, origins, and motives, they are all committed to diversity. “I have chosen to study at this course because I want to explore what diversity means and signifies. I also intend to write stories about people who are or who feel different,” said one of the students.

 
Countering Hate Speech Workshop in Rome PDF Print

Dates: 20 - 21 November 2017

Country: Italy, Rome

MAH_Workshop_in_RomeJournalists from EU countries are invited to apply for a workshop on countering hate speech and managing online communities that will be organised in Rome on 20-21 November 2017. The event, organised within the Media against Hate project, will consist of a roundtable and a three-session workshop on specific topics and will feature prominent speakers and experts such as Aidan White from the Ethical Journalism Network, Google and Facebook representatives, as well as advocates against hate speech such as Carta di Roma and Article 19.

People interested in attending 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 registration will be open until 4 October. The costs of participation will be covered by the organisers COSPE.

 
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