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New Virtual Hub Dedicated to Ethnic Minority People with Severe Mental Illness PDF Print

Published: 15 November 2017

Country: UK

Synergi_Collaborative_CentreOf all the people detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) in the UK, more than half of them are Black, states the 2015/2016 MHA report. Even though there are conflicting explanations as to why 56.9 percent of people detained under the Act are Black or of Black British ethnicity, it is almost certain that there is an inseparable and complex relationship between ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness.

A new national virtual hub, The Synergi Collaborative Centre, is being launched in London on 22 November to address this issue. And particular attention is being devoted to the narratives surrounding mental health when it comes to diversity, and how the media can actually help.

 
Media Literacy Week in the United States PDF Print

Dates: 6 – 10 November 2017

Country: United States

MIL_Week_in_the_USAThere has been 3rd annual Media Literacy Week in the United States. The mission, as the organisers put it, is “to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.”

Media literacy is a necessary skill for anyone today, especially for younger generations, who are spending more and more time consuming the media. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently found that individuals ranging from 8 to 18 years old spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes consuming media. This is an hour and seventeen minutes longer a day than five years ago, a jump which the Kaiser Family Foundation puts down to more access to mobile and tablet devices. With so much time spent consuming the media it seems only logical to integrate media literacy into education. However, studies have found that Millennials in the United States actually rank very low when it comes to media literacy comparing to other countries.

 
The Internet as a Way to Fight Antisemitism PDF Print

Dates: 9-10 November 2017

Country: UK and Europe

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The 9th and 10th of November mark the No Hate Speech Movement’s Action Day countering antisemitic hate speech. It is also on these date in 1938 when the Kristallnacht occurred in Germany; a pogrom targeting the Jewish community. These two days urge people to think about antisemitism today, a form of hate speech which is still very much present.

The internet acts as a two-edged sword when it comes to hate speech. On one hand, it offers those with hateful things to say an easy avenue to do so. The internet can keep someone anonymous and allows them to detach from what they are saying, giving people an outlet to say things which they might never say to someone in person. However, amongst these hateful incidents, the Internet also facilitates more ways to fight antisemitism. People are able to speak up about antisemitism via social media in a way that they could not before.

 
Westminster Media Forum Seminar on Improving Diversity in UK Screen Industries PDF Print

Date: 22 November 2017

Country: UK

Sharon-White_OfcomThe scale and nature of the diversity challenge facing the TV industry in the UK has been raising concerns, after the Ofcom report “Diversity and equal opportunities in television” recently revealed the failure of the British TV broadcasters to represent the whole society.

Focusing on this issue, the Westminster Media Forum, a company which organises senior-level conferences on public policy relating to the media, is holding a seminar aiming to improve the diversity in the sector, both on and off screen. The seminar will be in the morning of the 22nd November 2017, at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

 
London Kids Examine Media Literacy PDF Print

Date: 31 October 2017

Country: UK, London

Media_Minded_1In order to learn more how to counter sensationalism, bias and misinformation in the media and on social networks, pupils from 7 high schools from London attended an event organised by Shout Out UK and the US Embassy - #MediaMinded.  The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) representative conducted one of the workshops dedicated to media literacy.  The aim of the event was to increase participants’ understanding of the importance of seeking information from a range of  reputable sources, particularly on complex issues, when forming political views.

 
MDI at the UNESCO Global MIL Conference PDF Print

Dates: 24-27 October 2017

Country: Jamaica, Kingston

Jamaica_MIL_1One of the main conclusions of the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference is that there is a need to talk about media and information literacy (MIL), but to limit the scope of it too. Each year there are more and more ideas and definitions of the concept of MIL. Only in Europe there are around 15,000 projects dealing with the issue, yet hardly anyone can answer a simple question – has anyone changed their media views or political affiliations after learning how (un) professional the media they are following have been? In other words, do we change our sources of information after learning how to critically asses them?

Still, more than 300 participants of the UNESCO MILID Conference held in Kingston presented truly innovative ways to inspire media consumers to deal with mis-, dis- and mal-information. The expression ‘fake news’ wasn’t a very popular and majority of the participants at the conference didn’t want to use it stating that it is a ‘inadequate’ term, or the term ‘hijacked by Trump’.

 
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