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Rate My Media: Tech Action for More Diversity in the Media PDF Print

Published: 16 December 2016

Region: Worldwide

Rate My MediaWhether it is the latest Star Wars film or your favourite comic book, people can now rate the media they consume every day on the basis of racial equity and inclusion. Rate My Media is the first crowd-sourced website fostering action for a diverse media through more informed consumers and more accountable media.

The starting point of the website is that media should accurately represent the society we live in, but a quick zapping on TV is enough to understand that we don’t see all groups accurately portrayed on screen. As the UCLA Diversity Report highlights, from Hollywood to TV shows, minorities are still underrepresented in the media.

 
MDI Reporting Diversity Courses at SYSU in China PDF Print

Published: 15 December 2016

Country: China

SYSU_Models_Milica_with_StudentsAt the prominent Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in the capital of the most economically prosperous Chinese province, Guangdong, the first ever series of Reporting Diversity modules has finished. The Reporting Diversity modules are a result of the cooperation between the SYSU’s Journalism School and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI).

More than 150 Communication and Journalism students attended each module taught by five jointly selected lecturers by SYSU and MDI. From next year, students at SYSU will have an opportunity to attend the full semester course on Reporting Diversity.

 
Dune Voices Journalists Develop their Multimedia Reporting Skills PDF Print

Published: 2 December 2016

Countries: Algeria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia

Tunisia_Training_Nov_2016“Sometimes I think about suicide but then when I hear my child cry, I ask God for forgiveness that I even thought about it,” says the mother of five who admits that she sometimes is unable to feed her children.  She told her story to the Dune Voices journalist Nadia Retibi.

Nadia is one of dozens of young journalists and citizen journalists reporting for Dune Voices, a multimedia platform set up by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in 2014. The Dune Voices specialise in covering topics of marginalised groups and minorities in the Sahara region of six countries - Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia. More and more people coming from the vulnerable and communities forgotten by the mainstream media, have found their stories heard through the Dune Voices website. MDI have gathered 19 journalists who write stories from the Sahara, on 20-26 November 2016 in Tunis where they developed the multimedia and mobile journalism skills, mainly via practical and field work and exercises.

 
Black History Month in the UK Media PDF Print

Published: 28 November 2016

Country: UK

BHM_LambethWhat month is the Black History Month (BHM)? If you are an average news consumer in the UK who does not regularly reads the Guardian from page to page, then the answer does not come easily. In many British media outlets there was not enough content dedicated to BHM and the issues of the black community.

One of the positive examples is The Guardian. This newspaper created a special section on their website for the Black History Month, while some other British media did not give the celebration of the black heritage in the UK enough prominence. Some programmes at the BBC were even criticised for racism and stereotyping.

 
Hate Speech and Hate Spin - How to Counter it? PDF Print

Date: 18 November 2016

Country: UK, London

Hate_Spin_Book_Launch“Take a stand against hate speech. Never report it neutrally” – this is professor Cherian George’s message to the media. At the launch of his new book Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy, George argued political and civic responses are required in order to develop and maintain a culture of tolerance and openness to others. Further, he asserted that legal restrictions are often ineffective and should be a last resort in open societies. "What is the most needed are equal rights and discrimination laws," believes George.

His new book was launched during the Inter Faith Week in the UK that aims to enable greater interaction between people of different backgrounds. It also celebrates diversity and interfaith dialogue, as well as understanding between people of different religious and non-religious beliefs.

 
Burqa, Veils and Burkini in the Arab Media PDF Print

Published: 19 November 2016

Region: Worldwide

Screen_Shot_2016-11-20_at_11.37.37Indian Sport Shooter Heena Sidhu has decided to “skip the Asian air weapon competition” held in Tehran due to the country’s requirement for all female competitors to wear a hijab. She explained her decision in a few posts in her Twitter account saying: “I’m not revolutionary. But I feel that making it mandatory for even a sportsperson to wear a hijab is not the spirit of sport. I’m proud to be a sportsperson because people from different cultures, backgrounds, sexes, ideologies and religions can come together and compete without biases”.

The use of hijab, burqa and other dress codes for women has been in media focus around the world. In the context of war on terror after 9/11 and more recent attacks in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Istanbul and elsewhere, many media tackle this issue from the perspective of religions' differences.

 
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