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How a Bag Showed Lack of Diversity in the Newsroom PDF Print

Published: 13 July 2018

Country: UK and US

By Eline Jeanne

Kate_SpadeThe tragic death of Kate Spade ignited some to discuss the topic of newsroom diversity, specifically when it comes to those of a lower socio-economic background. Farai Chideya, American journalist and author, shared her thoughts of Twitter, expressing that she felt that Spade’s death was reported on with “class-based assumptions”. She references a specific newspaper lead, by the New York Times, which reads: “Buying a Kate Spade bag was a coming-of-age ritual for a generation of Americans.”

According to Chideya, the assumption that a whole generation of American’s was in the position to buy a Kate Spade bag, which average’s around $200 per bag, is a clear sign that the writer of the piece is not fully in touch with those who live in lower socio-economic brackets. Chadiya concludes: “Again, this is not about Kate Spade herself. It's about the signaling of privilege in news that should be for all. I am not against covering her death, but the paper might want to run an analysis on how this was covered and how it excludes audience.”

 
World Cup: Sexism, Racism and Homophobia PDF Print

Published: 12 July 2018

Country: Russia

By Angelo Boccato

World_Cup_RussiaIt is almost over. There have been some surprises and many disappointments, many fantastic goals. The only unknown now is whether French or Croatian footballers are going home as champions. But what is not leaving the world of sport and sport journalism is racism, sexism and homophobia.

According to anti-discrimination experts advising FIFA, sexism has been a bigger problem than racism at the World Cup in Russia. Fans harassing female broadcasters while they worked are among about 30 cases of "sexism on the streets" reported to FIFA. Most of the media reported that Getty Images deleted a series of images labelled the ‘sexiest’ World Cup fans, followed by the text “The hottest fans at the #WorldCup”.

 
U.S. Media, Trump and Migrant Children PDF Print

Published: 1 July 2018

Country: USA

By Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-07-02_at_09.59.24The American President Donald Trump suspended his policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border after some media and public figures clearly expressed their outrage. There were also publications that supported Trump’s policy while a photograph taken at the border with Mexico ended up at the cover of the Time magazine showing a child, Trump and the headline “Welcome to America”.

 
Dangerous Words of Matteo Salvini PDF Print

Published: 25 June 2018

Country: Italy

by Angelo Boccato

Screen_Shot_2018-07-02_at_09.21.22Everyone is talking about Matteo Salvini. As new Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, he recently called for a census on Roma people with plans to deport non-Italian Roma. “Unfortunately, we have to keep the Italian Roma,” says Salvini, a leader of the far-right party Lega. He also made headlines by refusing docking rights to the NGO-run Aquarius rescue boat, which had 629 refugees and migrants on board. Last week the international media analysed his far-right, anti-Roma and anti-migrant rhetoric while the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) looks closer at the coverage of the Italian mainstream media outlets. Did they fail to question the Italy’s turn to right or there are signs of changing the course of reporting since Salvini became a minister a month ago?

After Salvini’s attack on Roma, there has been an outrage. The Union of Italian Jewish Communities pointed out that the proposal to create a registry for Italian Roma is a reminiscent of the similar registry for the Italian Jews in 1938.

 
“Migrant” as Slur, Stigma and Insult in Hungarian Media PDF Print

Published: 22 June 2018

Country: Hungary

By Eline Jeanne

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One afternoon last May, Mamoudou Gassama scaled four floors up an apartment building in Paris to save a young boy dangling from a balcony. Captured on video, the incident quickly got international media attention and as a response to the heroic event, French president Emmanuel Macron granted Gassama, an undocumented migrant from Mali, offering a residency in France and internship with the Paris fire service.

International headlines applauded Gassama, who has been dubbed “Spiderman” because of his climbing manoeuvres. The Independent called him a “national hero”, Sky News praised the “daring rescue”, which the Huffington Post described as “heroic” and the Myanmar Times as an “extraordinary act of bravery”. But there was a significant absence of praise for Gassama in Hungary. The Hungarian media largely ignored Gassama’s migrant background, as it did not fit the usual media narrative about migrants. Moreover, there were several reports negatively describing the hero.

 
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