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YouTube and the Black Community: A Platform for Representation PDF Print

Published: 10 October 2018

Country: UK

By Eline Jeanne

selfvideoThis month, October, is Black History Month in the UK. This is a month for celebrating the Black community in the UK, and the contributions they make to society. This month is also an opportune time to talk about media representation in relation to the Black community. Unfortunately, the Black community is under-represented on traditional media platforms, such as television and radio. There is a platform filling in this gap though; video-sharing site YouTube.

Where traditional media platforms such as television have failed Black communities, new social media platforms have stepped in. Particularly YouTube has proven to be an extremely good source of positive Black representation. Madeline Wilson-Ojo, writing for the Huffington Post, explains the unique elements YouTube offers Black women: “It has given us a much-needed gift, which is a voice. A voice that can reach anyone with an internet connection – uncensored and uninterrupted.” Platforms such as YouTube transcend traditional media boundaries; anyone can upload a video onto the site, which can be seen by anyone visiting the site.

 
Another Exciting Year Ahead for Diversity and the Media MA Students PDF Print

Date: 10 October 2018

Country: UK, London

MA_classOn induction last week, new Diversity and the Media MA students gathered at University of Westminster’s (UoW) Harrow Campus in London. The room was filled with excitement, but also nervousness.  The course leader Dr Roza Tsagarousianou introduced this innovative MA programme, developed together with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).

The one-year course will equip students with theoretical training and practical skills alike. Modules will introduce the students to new and progressive approaches to social and cultural diversity, reporting race, ethnicity, migration, as well as sociology of news.

 
Why Can’t Facebook Get Hate Speech Right? PDF Print

Published: 5 October

Region: Worldwide

By Mikhail Yakovlev

Facebook_CensorshipFrom censoring breast-feeding mothers to deleting the iconic photo of the ‘napalm girl’ posted by the Norwegian PM, Facebook’s procedures for identifying and removing offensive and dangerous content are infamously flawed.

Recently Facebook have published their Community Standards, but it is not clear how efficiently these are enforced. We at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) decided to test it for ourselves.

 

 
Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge: Call for Entries PDF Print

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Deadline: 11 November 2018

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

EMIC_CallThe Eurasia Media Innovation Challenge supports creative ways to produce and distribute high-quality content, leading to a better-informed public.

The countries neighbouring Russia face the growing trends of state- and oligarch-controlled media, misinformation and propaganda. Eurasian audiences increasingly encounter biased or false information. At the same time, Eurasian countries face complex challenges, such as financial woes, global health issues and the threat of radicalized groups. High-quality, objective news coverage is essential so that people have the information they need to make better decisions, strive for better lives and hold the powerful to account.

 
MDI Complains to IPSO and The Telegraph PDF Print

Date: 28 September 2018

Country: UK

Informal_meeting_of_foreign_affairs_ministers_Gymnich._Round_table_Boris_Johnson_36913612672_croppedAfter the Telegraph published a discriminatory piece by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) complained to the paper. As the leading partner in the Get the Trolls Out project, MDI submitted an official complaint to The Telegraph stating that the newspaper has breached  IPSO’s Editors’ Code of Practice, specifically code 12, regarding discrimination. The rule says: “The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual's, race, colour, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.”

MDI has requested answers on why the Telegraph published Johnson’s Islamophobic remarks against Muslim women wearing the full face veil, what action was taken within  the media outlet afterwards, and what could be done to prevent a recurrence in the future. As the Telegraph denied breaching article number 12 of the IPSO’s code without justification, MDI has contacted IPSO directly. IPSO told us "their guidelines apply to an identifiable individual’s religion only".

 
Women are Underrepresented, Both On and Off Screen PDF Print

Date: 28 September 2018

Region: European Union

800px-Even_if_it_is_more_common_to_say__Camera_Man__a_WOMAN_is_at_work_hereThe European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) has released a report looking at the representation of women in the audio visual media industry.  The report looks both at women’s roles on-screen, as well as in more technical positions in the industry of-screen. The report covers a variety of both EU and non-EU countries, including France, Italy, the UK and Hungary. Overall, the report concludes that there is still a significant imbalance between men and women, both on and off screen. However, EPRA also sees hope for the future.

When discussing the lack of women in the industry, the report states: “Across Europe, there are disparities between the representation of men and women both on- and off-screen. Women appear less on screen across a range of genres and are typically subject to more stereotypical and degrading portrayal than men. In off-screen creative roles, women are also generally under-represented, but most significantly in senior and/or technical positions.”

 
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