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Reporting on Migration & Refugees Workshop for EU Journalists PDF Print

Date:4 – 8 September 2017

Country: UK, London

Refugees_JournalistsThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is inviting applications for a workshop it is organising for journalists from EU countries who are keen to improve their skills related to reporting on migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups.

The event will be held in London between 4 – 8 September 2017. Journalists from EU countries interested in participating at the workshop should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information on how to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is end of 24 July 2017. All costs of participation will be covered by the organisers.

 
From Angels to Taxis: Media Shift in Reporting on Migrants’ Rescuers PDF Print

Date: 21 June 2017

Country: Italy

Italy_MigrantsItaly has seen a radical change in the narrative of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean Sea, shifting from gratitude and admiration to suspicion and intolerance. This is revealed by “Navigare a Vista: The Narrative of Migrants’ Search and Rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea”, an analysis of the media coverage of SAR operations by Osservatorio di Pavia, COSPE, and Associazione Carta di Roma, three Italian NGOs.

Despite the constantly divisive coverage of migration, for all 2016 - says the report - the image of rescuers remains positive, with portraits of “heroes” and “sea angels” saving thousands of lives from drowning in the sea. But the first months of 2017 see a turning point in this dominant narrative.   “The work of the NGOs is under scrutiny, dissonant opinions emerge, and the good faith of the organisations and their humanitarian spirit are now challenged, up to allegations of being part of the so called business of migration,” report reveals.

 
King’s College:”The EU Referendum Campaign was the Most Divisive and Fear-Provoking” PDF Print

Published: 20 June 2017

Country: UK

Kings_College_EU_RefImmigration was the most prominent referendum issue in the UK media during the EU Referendum campaign in 2016, finds a study published by King’s College London’s Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power. After analysing 15 000 articles published in the UK during the EU Referendum campaign, King’s College’s researchers concluded that some media outlets blamed migrants for many political, social and economic ills. Some media blamed migrants for taking, but also for not taking British benefits, for violence, rape, traffic congestion, creating a schools crisis, costing a fortune to detain/imprison, even for benefitting from cheaper weddings.

King’s College study also finds that the EU Referendum campaign was ‘the UK’s most divisive, hostile, negative and fear-provoking of the 21st century’ and the national media’s inflammatory rhetoric was at least partly responsible for this. On the subject of anti-immigration sentiments, the researchers argue that although it is impossible to prove a direct link between hate speech and the recorded increase in hate crimes following the referendum, ‘explicitly blaming migrants for economic and social problems […] is almost certain to stoke resentment’.

 
Dune Voices Journalist Wins Migration Media Award PDF Print

Date: 14 June 2017

Country: Malta

Migration_Award_2017A Dune Voices journalist from Libya, Bennour Hussein, won a Migration Media Award, a newly established journalism competition funded by the European Union. Bennour Hussein who was trained by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) within the project Dune Voices, was awarded for a story about migrants and refugees in a camp in the Libyan town Gharyan. Other winners include journalists from 16 countries featuring fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of the issue of migration, its many challenges and opportunities.

“High quality reporting as rewarded by the new journalistic competition is urgently needed to improve people’s understanding of migration,” say the organisers of the Migrant Media Award ceremony held in Malta on 14 June 2017.

 
MAMIL Gathers Macedonian CSOs and the Media PDF Print

Dates:  19 – 21 May 2017

Country: Macedonia, Bitola

MAMIL_Final_Training_4_May_2017Civil society activists gathered with their media partners in order to discuss their communications and social media strategies in the projects raising media literacy in Macedonia. Eight CSOs together with their media partners, within the three years programme Media Literacy in the Age of News Overabundance: Macedonian Coalition of Media and Information Literacy (MAMIL), will implement different projects targeting different audience in a local level.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) joined the School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR) in Bitola on 19 – 21 May 2017 in reviewing and discussing strategies for a successful implementation of the local projects. CSOs activists and journalists from the media organisations, debated whether and to what extend to use the social media networks and what is the most appropriate target audience for their media literacy projects.

 
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