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Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo PDF Print

Dates: 20 – 21 September 2017

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Screen_Shot_2017-10-05_at_12.46.18Fake news and misuse of information in the media were the main topics of the Media Meets Literacy conference held on 20-21 September in Sarajevo. The Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans Executive Director Ivana Jelaca was amongst participants discussing how to foster media literacy among citizens of different backgrounds, as well as the role of social media in the contemporary media environment.

The conference was organised by the Evens Foundation in order to explore the question of media literacy ‘at a time when information literacy and critical thinking toward the media are more crucial than ever’.

 
Meet the New Generation of Diversity and the Media MA Students PDF Print

Date: 21 September 2017

Country: UK, London

MA_Diversity_Students_2017On the first day that the students of MA Diversity and the Media 2017/18 gathered in Harrow Campus in London, their classroom was filled with excitement, but also nervousness.  Introducing this innovative MA programme, developed and designed by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the University of Westminster, the course leader Dr Roza Tsagarousianou asked some important questions. “What is the power of the media? But also who has the power in the media?”

The new students of MA Diversity and the Media come from all over the world. With their diverse background in education, origins, and motives, they are all committed to diversity. “I have chosen to study at this course because I want to explore what diversity means and signifies. I also intend to write stories about people who are or who feel different,” said one of the students.

 
Countering Hate Speech Workshop in Rome PDF Print

Dates: 20 - 21 November 2017

Country: Italy, Rome

MAH_Workshop_in_RomeJournalists from EU countries are invited to apply for a workshop on countering hate speech and managing online communities that will be organised in Rome on 20-21 November 2017. The event, organised within the Media against Hate project, will consist of a roundtable and a three-session workshop on specific topics and will feature prominent speakers and experts such as Aidan White from the Ethical Journalism Network, Google and Facebook representatives, as well as advocates against hate speech such as Carta di Roma and Article 19.

People interested in attending 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 registration will be open until 4 October. The costs of participation will be covered by the organisers COSPE.

 
EU Journalists Report on Migration during Workshop in London PDF Print

Dates: 4 – 8 September 2017

Country: UK, London

MAH_Workshop_Sep_2017The most recent journalistic breakthrough story about the culture of abuse and neglect in an immigration detention centre near London happened in the same week in which the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) gathered 15 European journalists at the workshop organised as part of the  Media against Hate project. After the BBC programme Panorama revealed evidence of a serious verbal and racial abuse of detainees, MDI workshop participants followed the story and reported on it back to the newsrooms in their countries. Some told the story of an asylum seeker from Nigeria who was detained in the notorious Brook House featured on BBC Panorama. Another participant produced an article on a Zimbabwean asylum seeker who has been waiting 6 years for a decision of the British immigration authorities.

During the 5-day workshop in London, participants also produced stories, audio and video pieces on topics related to Brexit and its impact on EU migrants. Zoltan, for instance, told the story of Hungarian doctors whose status is unknown after Britain departs from the EU. Johanna reported on a complicated nature of family reunion cases amongst refugees coming from different countries, while Beatriz wrote about ‘stateless people’ who do not have passports or nationality of any country. Journalist Filipe from Portugal produced a radio piece about the refugees turning entrepreneurs in a new country and under new circumstances.

 
Hellboy Casts Asian Actor After Whitewashing Criticism PDF Print

Published: 14 September 2017

Country: USA

Hellboy_Kim_and_SkreinAfter the whitewashing controversy due to the casting of white actor Ed Skrein as a character of Asian heritage in the upcoming adaptation of the comic book Hellboy, the casting team has found a better suited actor for the role of Major Ben Daimio. The Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim is set to replace the British actor Ed Skrein, who turned down the role over concerns about being cast for a character of mixed race.

The initial casting of Ed Skrein sparked outcry over Hollywood’s whitewashing of Asian characters, following similar recent cases. Skrein, known for his work in Deadpool and Game of Thrones, said he did not know the race of the character Major Ben Daimio when he accepted the part in the comic book adaptation.

 
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