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MDI US office Seeks an Intern PDF Print

Application Deadline: Open

Region: US, Worldwide

Social_Media_PhotoMedia Diversity Institute, an international NGO based in London with a newly opened office in New York City is looking for a Journalism and Social Media Intern who will be responsible for improving and growing digital media presence across various platforms and who will write, create and develop a quality content for the existing MDI website in order to attract and to interact with the audience in the U.S.

This is an ideal position for a Journalism and/or Media and Communications student who is passionate about media, social media and digital communications strategies. We are looking for someone who is familiar with the US media and its trends. The applicants should be native English speakers or should have a native level of fluency.

 
Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Security and Media in Tunisia PDF Print

Date: 25 June 2014

Country: Tunisia

Tunisia_-_Security_and_MediaBalancing fundamental human rights such as Freedom of Expression and Access to Information with responsibility and sensitivity in reporting on security issues presents a challenge for reporters in any society, let alone in a post-authoritarian, post-revolutionary, transitional Tunisia. This was one of the main points made at a roundtable entitled “Media Coverage of Security Issues during the Election Period”, organised in Tunis on 25 June.  The participants at the event included media and security experts, media and security service professionals, journalism educators, civil society representatives, as well as international experts.

The purpose of the discussion organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) was to create a confidential space for open and constructive dialogue between the key actors, so they have the opportunity to understand the perspectives and needs of the other parties, in particular ahead of the autumn elections in Tunisia.

 
World Cup Not for Girls PDF Print

Published: 27 June 2014

Region: Worldwide

women_football_1917If it was up to some of the world media and most of the marketers, women would not have anything in common with the football and World Cup. Women should simply avoid it and go and do some more ‘girly things’.  How unjust is to see that in the summer 2014 most of the adverts feature only men watching and enjoying football with, sometimes in the background, usually half-naked, slim and mostly light-skinned women supporting the football supporters.

Once again, media and advertising agencies have confirmed not only some of the negative stereotypes about different nations competing in football, but also the spread of gender prejudices, pushing women into “the corner”. But let’s not forget that these corners are considered to be a reasonable goal-scoring opportunity. Thus, the time has come to be more vocal about the gender stereotypes, to demand more media coverage of women in sport, as well as combat the ever-present and long lasting sexualisation of women.

 
White Working Class Discriminated PDF Print

Published: 24 June 2014

Region: Europe

OSF_picThe negative portrayal of white working-class by media which often describe them as feckless and lazy scroungers can further the marginalisation of this social group, says the new research by Open Society Foundations.

The "Europe’s White Working Class Communities" study reveals that negative stereotypes reproduced by journalists can have a distorting effect not only to the community itself but also to the respective policy decisions.

 
#MigrantsContribute PDF Print

Published: 23 June 2014

Country: UK

by Alexia Kalaitzi

Migrantscontribute1They bring new skills, new ideas, different talents, tastes and sounds and above all the strength and passion to build a new life. Immigrants contribute largely to the economy and multicultural character of the British society, but the last year they found themselves in the centre of a negative political and media discourse, which accused them for many of the problems occurring in the UK.

The new campaign #MigrantsContribute, formed by a coalition of 40 migrant-led organisations came to change this narrative. Its aim is to reverse the negative stereotypes and increase the presence of immigrants in the mainstream media.

 
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