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Training: Passing On The Tools of Media and Information Literacy in Amman PDF Print

Dates: July 29-31

Country: Amman, Jordan

Screen_Shot_2019-08-15_at_10.54.12_AMOn #InternationalYouthDay, the importance of media and information literacy education has never been greater.

Between the dates of 29-31 July, we completed a three day training in Amman, Jordan that is a part of our Support to Media and Information Literacy in Public Schools project, coordinated alongside the Jordanian Media Institute and UNESCO Amman. Alongside our partners, we trained teachers from fifteen different schools around Jordan to create #MIL curricula to teach their students how to analyze the media, and think critically.

 
Study: Are Journalists Today's Coal Miners? PDF Print

Date: 2 August 2019

Country: UK, Germany, Sweden

Screen_Shot_2019-08-02_at_12.09.36_PMThe Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford recently published a report about the challenges of fostering newsroom diversity and attracting talent in three European countries – Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The report is emphatic that profound social and political changes have reshaped our societies, making them more diverse. At the same time, technological advances fundamentally changed the way we consume information. It asks: do traditional media know how stay relevant in this world of fast-paced change?

Titled Are Journalists Today’s Coal Miners?: The Struggle for Talent and Diversity in Modern Newsrooms – A Study on Journalists in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, this report aims to answer this question. Its authors – Alexandra Borchardt, Julia Lück, Sabine Kieslich, Tanjev Schultz, Felix M. Simon – interviewed leading news executives and heads of journalism schools in Germany, Sweden and the UK.

 
Training: Digital Media Skills for Serbian Youth PDF Print

Dates: 23-26 July 2019

Country: Serbia

MLADI_Training_FirstMedia Diversity Institute recently completed the first MLADI (Media Literacy Alliance and Digital Importance) training in Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia. It is the first of three trainings for the project.

“In Serbia, media and information literacy is quite underdeveloped,” said Aleksandra Ivankovic, a journalist and one of the sixteen workshop participants.

"Everyone tends to hate media, but they do not understand what media does.”

According to the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, press freedom has declined in Serbia in recent years. According to MDI Western Balkans Coordinator Ivana Jelaca, this is largely due to threats against journalists, and a lack of reliable sources of information.

 
Event: Media Diversity Institute at the Ministerial on Religious Freedom PDF Print

Event: 10 - 11 July 2019

Country: United States; Global

43631247441_96d339f444_oBetween the dates of 10-11 July 2019, Media Diversity Institute attended the US State Department’s annual Ministerial on Religious Freedom in Washington, DC.

It is the largest, and most well-attended US State Department event relating to religious freedom.

“Religion is one of the most sensitive identity issues, so we are thrilled to have this opportunity to hear about experiences religious minorities are going through, but, also, to contribute to a debate on  what the media’s role is  in debating and reporting on the issue,” said MDI Executive Director Milica Pesic, who attended the event on behalf of the organisation.

Over the course of the three day event, participants heard from more than 1,000 participants representing 106 countries, including but not limited to testimonies from religious violence survivors from countries like Iraq and Pakistan.

 
Twitter Claims It is Cracking Down on Hate Speech. But is All Hate Speech Treated Equally? PDF Print

23 July 2019

Country: Global

by: Giulia Dessi

Screen_Shot_2019-07-23_at_11.54.24_AMOver the past few months, major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been under increasing pressure to monitor and remove hateful, potentially dangerous content from their platforms. Many have taken this criticism into account; Facebook recently announced that it would treat all white supremacy messages with the same vigilance as terrorism content, while Twitter amended its hate speech policies to include anything that dehumanizes a group of people, with specific attention to anti-religious hatred.

However, while both have taken positive steps in the right direction, how hate speech is assessed on each platform remains unclear, making it difficult to monitor whether or not policy changes are having an effect. It is nearly impossible to assess whether or not this effect is equal across regions and languages, meaning that hateful content could be more vigilantly policed in some countries than in others.

 
How Not To Report on Climate Change PDF Print

23 July 2019

Country: United Kingdom

by: Eline Jeanné

Screen_Shot_2019-07-23_at_11.46.27_AMIt seems that climate change is finally becoming a mainstream issue. For so long scientists have beat the drum, warning about the extreme damage that humans are causing the earth, but it has taken some time for the media to give the issue the attention it deserves.

One of the ways that this issue has made it into the press is through coverage of climate movements, specifically the Extinction Rebellion movement in London. For ten days in April, activists shut down major roads in the city, gluing themselves to trains and protesting in front of the Shell headquarters building, demanding that society and politicians to face the facts of climate change. The theatrics of the events successfully made headlines, pushing a long-overdue conversation about climate change into the mainstream media. While this increase in coverage is encouraging and much-needed, there was one thing missing: diversity.

 
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