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How to Be Inclusive and Grammatically Correct: A Guide for Journalists on the Gender Beat PDF Print

16 June 2019

Country: Global

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

Screen_Shot_2019-06-16_at_11.06.42_AMLast week, I came across a Buzzfeed listicle explaining why you should stop referring to women as ‘females’. Published all the way back in 2014, it gives six simple reasons for this:

  1. ‘Female’ refers to a sex of any species, while ‘woman’ refers to human females;
  2. Reducing women to their reproductive abilities is dehumanising and excludes women who cannot reproduce, trans and gender non-conforming people;
  3. It is not widely acceptable to refer to men as ‘males’;
  4. ‘Female’ is often used in a pejorative sense – to insult or belittle;
  5. ‘Female’ is an adjective. “When you use "female" as a noun, the subject that you're referring to is erased”;
  6. The word you are looking for when you say ‘female’ exists. It’s ‘woman’.

Today, 2014 seems like distant history. A lot has changed since then. Obama had been replaced by an orange. Chinese and Chechen authorities are concentrating ‘undesirable’ citizens in camps on an industrial scale. The Brexit referendum actually happened. Japan resumed commercial whaling, even though the climate emergency shows no signs of going away. Тhe list goes on and on.

Muslim and LGBTQ? A Diversity Battle Plays Out In Birmingham PDF Print

14 June 2019

Country: UK

27659597325_04960791bd_bOver the past six months, a diversity battle has been playing out in Birmingham.

Earlier this year, Birmingham teacher Andrew Moffat started a diversity and tolerance program in his grade school classroom, using a dog who doesn’t feel like he fits in, two penguins who are raising a chick together, and a boy who likes to dress up like a mermaid to illustrate that it doesn’t matter who someone loves or how someone identifies—it’s important to accept them no matter what. However, as simple as this lesson may seem, it ignited an uproar

Many of the more conservative members of the Muslim-majority city are upset that their children are being taught about same sex relationships in school, and have been writing to the school administrators, and staging protests. One of the schools has stopped lessons altogether, in order to keep the peace.

LGBTQ+ YouTube Row: Real Pride Month Representation? PDF Print

13 June 2019

Country: Global

By: Eline Jeanné

Screen_Shot_2019-06-13_at_5.24.25_PMIt’s June, also known as Pride Month. This is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and the struggles they have endured over the years, and to celebrate the positive impact LGBTQ+ people have made. Numerous events are put on to celebrate Pride Month, with many large cities organising a Pride Parade. It is also around this time that you will see a lot of companies sharing their support for the LGBTQ+ community. You will notice brands giving their social media accounts a Pride makeover, and a lot of companies are coming out with limited edition Pride merchandise.

On a surface level, it is a very positive sign for diversity. However, truly embracing and supporting the LGBTQ+ community goes beyond selling rainbow t-shirts and rainbow Twitter icons. LGBTQ+ acceptance extends to the business ethics of a company and to the rights of all the people working for that company. This year, LGTBQ+ activists have started to shed more of a light on businesses who show LGBTQ+ support on the surface but are actually anything but that. One company who has been in the limelight is YouTube.

Report: How is the Rise of Populism Impacting the News Industry? PDF Print

Screen_Shot_2019-06-13_at_1.07.03_PMEarlier this week, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and University of Oxford released their annual joint report on the current state of digital news. Among other things, it examined the current monetization of the news industry, the efficacy of paywalls, and the rise of podcasts as a means to reach young audiences.

One of the most interesting aspects of the report is its analysis of Populism in the media, and how news outlets are beginning to identify as populist or not-populist as opposed to left wing or right wing.

Researchers measured populist attitudes by asking whether or or not respondents agreed that there is a “bad” elite and a “virtuous” people, and whether or not they believe in the sovereign will of the people. Those who either answered that they strongly agree or mostly agree with those sentiments, were marked as populist.

Palermo: Media Skills Training for CSOs PDF Print

Dates: 22 - 24 May 2019

Country: Palermo, Italy

nn-palermo-may2019Last month, MDI’s New Neighbours project completed is second training in Palermo, Italy.

The most recent workshop focused on developing local civil society organiser’s media skills by training them in how to effectively create social media campaigns and communicate their message to both the mainstream media and via social media platforms. It was organized alongside our project partners, the European Broadcasting Union, Community Media Forum Europe, COMMIT and COSPE. It was hosted by local NGO, Maghweb.

“I think people are living this issue in Sicily, in particular,” said MDI Project Coordinator Giulia Dessi, who facilitated the workshop.

“The migration issue is often in the headlines or on the front pages as a topic, whether its arrivals and reception centers or political controversy about the Mayor of Pallermo with Matteo Salvini.”

Gender "Inclusive" Initiatives Like 50:50 Ignore Trans and Non-Binary Media Workers PDF Print

4 June 2019

Country: UK

by: Mikhail Yakovlev

rainbow-pride-2019Over the past few years, the BBC’s reputation for fair and high-quality journalism was undermined when it came out that it was treating its women employees rather unfairly. First, the gender pay gap scandal broke in 2017. BBC’s top paid men were earning in the millions, while their women counterparts were earning less than half of that. Next, BBC China editor Carrie Gracie famously quit when she discovered that the international editors (who were men) earned 50 percent more than her and her women colleagues.

Since then, the BBC has made long overdue strides in addressing its gender disparity problem, from promising greater transparency about the gender pay gap to implementing initiatives like the 50:50 project, which ensure that talk shows host equal numbers of men and women as experts.

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