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Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism PDF Print

Deadline: 31 May 2014

Region: Worldwide

war_correspondants_kurt_schorkLocal reporters and freelance journalists working anywhere in the world, are called to submit their articles for the 2014 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

Articles can encompass war reporting, human rights issues, cross-border troubles, corruption or other controversial matters impacting on people’s lives. The applicants must submit three separate articles until 31 May 2014. More details on 2014 Kurt Schork Awards and an online entry form can be found here.

MDI Trainer Among 100 Information Heroes PDF Print

Published: 30 April 2014

Region: Worldwide

abeer_saady_protestsFor the first time ever, Reporters Without Borders is publishing a list of profiles of “100 information heroes” who “through their courageous work of activism help to promote the freedom enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

Marking World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, this list of “100 information heroes” comprises women and men of almost all ages (25 to 75) and 65 nations. One of the heroes is Abeer Saady, Egyptian journalist who is the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) trainer and one of the members of the jury for the MDI Inclusive Journalism Award in Egypt.

Women Experts Exist But We Don't See Them PDF Print

Published: 28 April 2014

Country: UK

Science_and_Invention_Television_1928What comes first to your mind when you hear the word “expert”? If it is a man wearing black suit and a tie, it is probably the most expected image for many of the people living in the UK taking as granted that our perception for reality is much influenced by mainstream media.

Recent research showed that male experts still outnumber female by a ratio of four to one on flagship news programmes while most women interviewed for news programmes are not referred as experts whereas men are. On the top of that, male reporters are three times more than their female colleagues.

Young Black Minority Ethnic Columnist of the Year PDF Print

Deadline: 9 May 2014

Country: UK

bme_columnist_of_the_yearThe competition for the Young Black Minority Ethnic Columnist of the Year has just been launched. It is open to young people between 18 and 24 who are members of Black Ethnic Minority and live in the UK. No previous journalistic experience or qualification is needed. The subject to be tackled by competition entrants is an issue that is important in your locality or a topic about which you feel strongly.

The opinion or editorial piece should be between 450 and 500 words in length, supported by at least two sources and can be illustrated with photographs or a short video clip. A cash prize of £250 will be awarded to the winner who will also get a final interview with The Guardian.

Countering xenophobia with creativity: #OEOE PDF Print

Published: 10 April 2014

Countries: Greece, Hungary, Italy

puppetsGiant puppets, satirical cartoons, radio shows, and positive stories are the tools that the Media Diversity Institute’s project “Our Elections, Our Europe” (OEOE) is using to counter racism in the run up of the European parliament elections in Hungary, Greece and Italy.

Started in February, OEOE has spotted several incidents of xenophobic discourse by politicians. Whether it is the Northern League’s rhetoric against refugees who “live in luxurious hotel while Italians starve”, or the Jobbik party’s refusal to dismiss the words “criminal Gypsies”, or the Golden Dawn’s  Nazi salutes and symbols, the far-right party are alarmingly on the rise in Europe. Many fear that the next European parliament will have a majority of Eurosceptic extreme-right MEPs.

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