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MDI US Head of Operations: Reporting during Campaigns PDF Print

Published: 16 September 2014

Country:  US, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marija_Sajkas_BiHSome of the common narratives used to describe women in the U.S. media, especially if they are holding some of the high ranked positions, are “sensible” and “more capable to make compromise”. When talking about the U.S. media and the presidential elections, one of the examples are Hillary Clinton who is presently supported and attacked in the U.S. media not so much for her political positions, but for the set of common biases.

“Her supporters are reminding us that it is a high time to elect the first women president, but are pundits opposing her presidential nomination because she is ‘cold’ and ‘too emotional’, as well as for her sex and the age”, said Marija Sajkas, Head of Development and Operations of MDI U.S. office at the Media Academy 2014 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was one of the expert speakers examining fair and balanced media reporting.

MDI Sahara Project Vacancies PDF Print

Applications Deadline: 31 October 2014

Location: Algeria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco

Languages: Fluent in Arabic and French; spoken and written English is an asset

Sahara_UN_PhotoThe Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is seeking a Regional Chief Editor to be in charge of all editorial, production, dissemination and journalistic aspects of the project Inclusive Voices for Conflict Prevention and Democracy Building in North Africa: bringing the voices of the Sahara into the public sphere.

See the full job description here.

MDI is looking for five Country Editors to be based in each of the countries listed above. They will be in charge of all editorial and journalistic aspects of the project Inclusive Voices for Conflict Prevention and Democracy Building in North Africa: bringing the voices of the Sahara into the public sphere, within their given country, coordinating with UK, regional and local project staff and partner organisations, in accordance with project plans and budget.

UK Press Did Not Welcome Romanians and Bulgarians PDF Print

Published: 29 August 2014

Country: UK

British_PressBritish newspapers were not very welcoming towards Romanians who were expected to migrate to the country, portraying them mainly as criminals, beggars and thieves who will “flood” the UK.

This is one of the main findings of the research “Bulgarians and Romanians in the British national press”, conducted by the Migration Observatory at the Oxford University who analysed 4,000 news items from 19 different newspapers and tabloids. Researchers used a linguistic approach in order to identify the most common words, verbs and nouns, which accompanied Bulgarians and Romanians in the press throughout the 2013.

Egypt: “What Made Her Go There?” PDF Print

Published: 28 August 2014

Country: Egypt

by Heba Katoon

women_egyptTahrir Square, Cairo has gained recognition for being a global hub of political freedom. Yet, it has also become a haven for sexual harassment against Egyptian women.

The latest video from Tahrir Square showing a woman being brutally stripped naked and assaulted, went viral on social media, provoking a huge public outcry. Since then, a new law, defining sexual harassment, was approved for the first time in Egypt’s history. The UN said that the new law is very progressive as more than 99% of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, ranging from verbal harassment to rape. Egyptian rights groups reported that such figures were tied with the dramatically increased number of assaults post-revolution.

Journalists to Spend More Time with Marginalised Groups PDF Print

Published: 27 August 2014

Region: Worldwide

reporting_on_marginalised_groupsJournalist David Tuller, author of the Media Diversity Institute’s “Reporting Diversity Guide”, teaches reporting on public health at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He frequently writes for The New York Times covering a wide range of topics including infectious diseases, gay men’s health and recently, the marginalised groups reporting and the difference between the academic and journalistic pieces.

In the interview for the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) website, Mr Tuller reveals some of the ways to more inclusive and fair reporting.

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