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MDI to partner with Chinese University PDF Print

Date: 30 September 2014

Country: China, Guangzhou

Screen_Shot_2014-10-06_at_16.12.19Sun Yat-Sen University based in the capital of the most economically prosperous Chinese province, Guangdong, and the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) are to develop a joint Inclusive Journalism and Social Harmony Programme aimed at encouraging a culture and forum among the region’s media actors, journalism educators and civil society organizations, that will build awareness and capacity for greater social and cultural inclusion through responsible reporting on the region’s diversity.

The partnership agreement was made during a two day visit by a MDI representative to the flourishing university, known for owning the world's fastest supercomputer Tianhe-2, worth almost half a million US dollars, as well as having the largest affiliated hospital system in China. Its School of Communication and Design is also the first university in China to establish a Civil Communication Research Center.

 
MDI joins UNESCO Media Literacy Global Alliance PDF Print

Date: 27 - 28 September 2014

Country:  China

Screen_Shot_2014-10-06_at_08.09.54"The world would be lost without information and intercultural dialogue would be impossible without the sharing of that information. This is where the importance of the media comes in". These were the introductory words of Dr Liu Binjie, the Dean of the Journalism School at Tsinghua University. The Beijing-based university was this year’s host of the UNESCO and UN Alliance of Civilisation’s  Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Intercultural Dialogue Conference.

On 27 and 28  September, more than 200 Chinese and international participants exchanged experience in teaching and promoting critical thinking related to the media, and presented their research on either use of media or media content and discussed ways forward.

 
MDI hosts debate on Media & Security in Tunisia PDF Print

Published: 24 September 2014

Country: Tunisia

Screen_Shot_2014-10-06_at_08.12.03Top security spokespersons from the UK, USA and Tunisia shared 24 September their experience with the leading Tunisian media actors and media regulators in a one-day roundtable debate which attracted substantial media coverage.

How to report on security issues, conflict and extremism was the topic of the second in a series of MDI’s broader multi-stakeholder debates that are part of the project ‘Responsible and Free Reporting on Security Issues in Tunisia’. The event was organised in partnership with the National Union of Journalists of Tunisia, whose president Néji Bghouri welcomed the guests by calling for the introduction of a code of ethics to guide reporters in covering such issues. ‘We are very proud that the Revolution brought us Freedom of Expression. But, with the freedom comes responsibility’, said Bghouri. ‘For the time being we ask journalists to at least be cautious when approaching covering security issues; which terminology, which sources to use, how to check them. But, a more systematic approach is needed’.

 
NUJ on Reporting LGBT PDF Print

Published:  2 October 2014

Country:  UK

LGBT_ReportingThe National Union of Journalists has launched new guidelines for reporting on LGBT for all media workers creating and handling editorial material.

“Take care when using the word “homosexual”. Outside of scientific and clinical discourse, the word has outdated and discredited connotations of psychological disorder. When discussing homosexuality and transgender issues in social contexts, the preferred and more widely accepted terms are “LGBT”, “gay”, “bisexual”, “lesbian” and “transgender””, says NUJ in its guidelines on how to report LGBT and their issues.

 
NUJ on Reporting Race PDF Print

Published: 2 October 2014

Country: UK

3The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) published an updated version of the guidelines for all its members to follow when dealing with race relations. As NUJ points out, writing discriminatory stories on marginalised groups such as black, Roma or any migrant community is a form of racism.

“Racist attitudes and the growth of far-right parties pose a threat to democracy, the rights of trade union organisations, a free media and racial equality. NUJ members have a responsibility to stop racism being expressed in the media”, states the organisation in its guidelines.

 
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