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Completed Projects
Turkish Students to learn about the EU Values PDF Print

Country: Turkey

Timeframe: December 2014 –December 2016

Funder: European Union

Partners: Eptisa Engineering (Spain; Turkey), Media Diversity Institute, GDSI Ltd (Ireland), Middle East Technical University (Turkey).

Screen_Shot_2015-12-13_at_10.23.41The Project “Students are learning about the EU: Common Values, Fundamental Rights and Policies Technical Assistance” has been initiated under responsibility of the General Directorate of European Union and Foreign Relation. Its beneficiary is Ministry of National Education and is co-financed by the Republic of Turkey and the European Union within scope of IPA-I Programme.

The overall objective of the project is to raise awareness and knowledge on values, fundamental rights and policies of the EU. Project especially aims to increase awareness of lower secondary and secondary school students about the EU through effective educational measures.

 
“Towards more Transparent High Education in Serbia” PDF Print

Country: Serbia

Timeframe: July-December 2015

Funder: European Union (through Center for Democracy Foundation)

MDI_WB_New_Project_SigningThis project aims to research and analyse corruption at the University of Belgrade and to inform the public about the consequences of the phenomenon such as employment based on political parties’ membership and nepotism.

The project team will interview lecturers and professors at the University of Belgrade in order to collect the information on how they perceive corruption in the process of employment. After data are analysed and presented, MDI Western Balkans in partnership with the Youth Education Committee will organise a media campaign making the results visible for general public in Serbia. MDI wants to introduce more in-depth reporting and media literacy on systematic problems such as corruption.

 

 
Get the trolls out! A Programme to Engage European Youth to Combat Antisemitism PDF Print

Region/Country: Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, UK

Timeframe/dates: 2015 – 2016

Partners: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (CEJI), Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l'antisémitisme (Licra), Symbiosis, The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ), and with the support of the Council of Europe.

logo_final_Get_the_trolls_outThis 14-month project strives to engage Europeans – especially young people – in activities that monitor antisemitic speech and incidents in Europe and counter these incidents and attitudes with fact-based messages and actions of inclusion that embrace Europe’s diversity.

The aims of this project are to raise awareness of and counter antisemitic incidents, speech and politics; promote accurate, balanced and inclusive messages about Jews that counter misinformation spread by extremist discourse; involve young people in the social media sphere in being aware of antisemitism, in discussing and promoting a culture of respect, and to test out arguments against anti-Semitic stereotypes.

 
"My Vote Matters Too" PDF Print

Region/Country: Morocco and Mauritania

Timeframe/dates: 2015 – 2016

Funder: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: Association Epanouissement  Feminin (AEF) and ISIC Alumni (Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication) in Morocco, multiple partners in Mauritania

Morocco_WomenThe main objective of this project is to increase political participation and representation of women and other marginalised groups in the media, as well as to contribute to greater social cohesion by strengthening freedom of expression through the encouragement of greater inclusion and participation of marginalised groups such as different races, ethnic groups, women and youth in public life and the media.

This project will enable a debate on media and diversity among key stakeholders and influential decision-makers, cementing inclusive journalism in the media through training, commissioning stories and mentoring journalists through the production process, and though building civil society’s ability to carry out media advocacy campaigns.

 
Inclusive Journalism Initiative PDF Print

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Regions: Europe & Asia-Pacific

Timeframe: 2013 - 2016

Funder: European Commission & New Zealand Education

Partners: Multiple

The Inclusive Journalism Initiative: Reporting Europe and the Asia Pacific is a mobility project between four journalism university schools in Europe and New Zealand.

The project, between the Auckland University of Technology (Auckland, New Zealand), the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand), the Danish School of Media and Journalism (Aarhuus, Denmark) and the Swedish School of Social Science (Helsinki, Finland), involves the development of an inclusive journalism curriculum, the exchange of students and staff and joint research. According to the programme, European students will spend a semester in New Zealand, while students from New Zealand will head to Denmark or Finland for their exchange programme.

 
Identifying the Role of Media in Conflicts PDF Print

INFOCORERegions: Middle East, West Balkans, African Great Lakes area

Timeframe: 2014 - 2016

Funder: European Union

Partners: Multiple

INFOCORE (Informing Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution) is international collaborative research, which aims to analyse the role of media in violent conflict. The project will investigate the role that the media plays in the emergence or prevention, the escalation or de-escalation, and the management and reconciliation of conflicts in three main regions: the Middle East, the West Balkans and the African Great Lakes area.

The objective of the project is to come up with a set of recommendations which will help to formulate and implement the policies of the EU and its international partners, with regards to this topic.

 
Responsible and Free Reporting on Security Issues in Tunisia PDF Print

Photo_WebsiteCountry: Tunisia

Timeframe: April 2014 - March 2015

Funder: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: Multiple local partners

This project aims to identify and develop initiatives that will foster responsible and free reporting on security, conflict and extremism in Tunisia. An analysis of media practice in Tunisia on these issues will be used as a starting point for a series of discussions between media figures and those in the political, state and security sectors, as well as international and local experts, in order to build dialogue and trust between the different parties with a view to developing commitment to concrete actions by all actors that will balance the needs of freedom of expression, impartiality and sensitivity in reporting on security issues in the country.

 
Our Elections, Our Europe! – Engaging young people around the European elections to counter xenophobic speech, promote diverse viewpoints, and encourage inclusive attitudes PDF Print

OEO_Europe_Logo_03Region/country: Greece, Hungary, Italy

Timeframe/dates: February 2014 - May 2014

Funder: Open Society Foundations

Partners: Symβiosis, Center for Independent Journalism, CivilMédia, Il Razzismo è una brutta storia

Our Elections, Our Europe! aims to engage young people around an issue crucial to the 2014 European Elections - migration, and the importance of fighting xenophobic speech and promoting inclusive attitudes around this.  The project responds to the concerning rise in xenophobic attitudes and statements by politicians in these three countries, and addresses the danger that such attitudes are having growing traction among young people, in the context of unemployment, lack of opportunities and disillusion with traditional politics.

 
Russia: Fighting Discrimination through Tolerant and Inclusive Reporting PDF Print

ruj logoRegion/country: Russia

Timeframe / dates: 2013-2014

Partners: The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ)

The purpose of this project is to contribute to a greater freedom of expression representing all viewpoints in Russian society, and to promote equality and to fight discrimination by equipping journalists with the skills to report ethically, responsibly and inclusively on ethnic and national diversity in their regions.

 
Promoting Freedom of Expression, Diversity and Inclusion in Morocco PDF Print

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Region/country: Morocco

Timeframe/dates: 2013-2016

Funder: Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

This project will run for three years, during which time MDI and our local partners will cement the practices of inclusion and of reflecting diversity within the media in Morocco.

Through this programme we will enable debate among key stakeholders and influential decision-makers on media and diversity, cement inclusive journalism in the media sector through training, policy work and commissioning, and build civil society organisations’ ability to carry out media advocacy campaigns.

 
Towards an Inclusive and Responsible Media in Lebanon PDF Print

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Timeframe/dates: 2013-2014

Funder: European Union

Partners: Maharat Foundation, Media faculty in Lebanese University, with Jinane University in Tripoli, USEK in Kaslik, AUST in Achrafieh, Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Antonine University in Baabda and LIU in Bekaa and Saida.

The objective of this project is to encourage responsible media coverage of diversity, reduce tensions and promote peace building through the reaching of an inclusive and responsible media in Lebanon. This project introduces a new model of inclusive reporting to journalism students, mainstream media, and the public.

 
The address of Human Rights: Journalism to combat racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe PDF Print

racismRegion/country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2013-2015

Funder: European Commission

Partners: The National Institute for Social Integration, Arci Catania, TDM International, International Initiatives for Cooperation, Foundation Centre for Economic Development and International Development Alliance.

This project aims to reduce racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism by changing the way media portray socially vulnerable groups in Europe. It seeks to foster mutual understanding, counter traditional and new stereotypes, which are at the roots of intolerant attitudes and behaviour, and prevent the divulgation of such conceptions.

 
Inclusive Parliament: Building citizen participation in the political process in Egypt through better media, parliamentary and civil society interaction PDF Print

egyptian parliamentRegion/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2012-2015

Funder: UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Partners: multiple; including media and civil society organizations.

The objective of this project is to assist with Egypt’s transition to democracy by helping to build an accountable relationship between citizens and their elected representatives, through strengthening the ability of the media to be a balanced facilitator of the relationship between civil society and politicians.

 
Civil Society & the Media Working Together to Fight Ethnic & Religious Discrimination in the EU PDF Print

anti-naziRegion/countries: UK, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia

Timeframe/dates: 2012-2014

Funder: Open Society Foundations

This project will encourage and facilitate dialogue between media organisations, civil society organisations (CSOs) and policymakers, on the media’s role in relation to discrimination and intolerance, in three old and three new EU member states (the UK, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia). The project will achieve this through dialogue, exchange of know-how and networking during which process the project beneficiaries will identify emerging issues and opportunities, and exchange their European experience and knowledge on the best ways to tackle discrimination and intolerance.

 
Rebuilding Post-revolution Egyptian Media: Embracing Free Expression, Diversity and Inclusiveness PDF Print

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Region/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2011-2013

Funder: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

Partners: Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies

 

The goal of the project is to encourage the emergence of responsible Egyptian media which are based on international standards and principles of free expression, diversity, inclusiveness, transparency and public accountability.

The project will contribute to the rebuilding of post-revolution Egyptian media by supporting a more inclusive approach that ensures diverse regional and rural, as well as urban voices, across the country are heard in national debate on all issues relevant to all citizens. At the same time regional and local media will be equipped to lead or contribute to debates relevant exclusively to some regions or to some communities.

 
Media Evolution: Towards Inclusive, Responsible & Independent Media in Morocco PDF Print

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Region/country: Morocco

Timeframe/dates: 2011-2013

Funder: European Commission

Partners: Moroccan Centre for Studies & Research in Human Rights & the Media

The project’s objective is to encourage a public debate on the future of the Moroccan media. The debate will engage decision makers, media professionals and civil society. In the context of political reforms in Morocco, the aim is for this debate to positively influence media legislation so that it ensures: greater coverage of social diversity in the media; improved freedom of expression and access to information; greater responsibility by the media through self-regulation; and improved respect of media freedom by the government.

The project will provide the media with the tools to improve their professional responsibility and coverage of diversity. And will provide civil society actors with the tools to engage with and influence political debate, and promote human rights and democratic reforms.In order to further democratize the debate, the views of ordinary Moroccan citizens will be gathered and broadcast on national TV and at project events.

 
Media for Diversity in New EU Countries PDF Print

Conference LogoRegion/countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia

Timeframe/dates: 2010

Funders: European Commission, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Council of Europe, and the Romanian Government.

Partners: Centre for Independent Journalism, Bucharest

This project brought together over 40 decision makers from media and civil society organizations in new EU countries at a 3 day conference in Romania, to discuss responsible media coverage of diversity and develop partnerships and action plans for further work in this area.

 
Ethical Journalism Initiative – A Campaign to Fight Discrimination through Freedom of Expression and the Highest Professional Standards of Journalism PDF Print

EJI LogoRegion/country: European Union

Timeframe/dates: 2010 - 2012

Funder: European Commission

Partners: European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Article 19, Lithuanian Journalists’ Union (LZS), Journalists’ Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH), and Slovak Syndicate of Journalists (SSN).

The ‘Ethical Journalism Initiative’ is a 2-year project, run in partnership with the European Federation of Journalists, Article 19, Media Diversity Institute and three European journalists’ associations. Through a series of studies, and conferences involving all stakeholders, as well as training for journalists, NGOs and lawyers, the campaign aims to promote responsible media coverage of diversity in Europe, primarily through strengthening journalism standards, and developing understanding of the relationship between equality and freedom of expression.

For more information visit the project website

 
“Let the Roma Youth Be Heard” PDF Print

Region/countries: Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Kosovo* and United Kingdom.

Timeframe/dates: 2012-2013

Partner: Gruppi di solidarietà internazionale Italia (GSI Italia)

Funder: Open Society Foundation - Media Program, European Union - Life Long Learning Program

roma_youthThe project “Let the Roma Youth Be Heard” promoted the integration of young Roma people in the regions and countries which took part in the project (Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Kosovo* and the United Kingdom).

During the project, young Roma people were trained in basic journalism skills, writing editorials, and setting up and managing communication tools available on the web, in order to publish an on-line publication called “Let the Roma Youth Be Heard”.

 
‘Twinning Committees as Integration Promoters’ PDF Print

Region/countries: Italy, Greece, Estonia, France, Poland and the United Kingdom

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Partner: Gruppi di solidarietà internazionale Italia (GSI Italia)

Funder: European Union - ‘Europe for Citizens Programme’

The overall objective of this project is to promote the active role of citizens in the creation of twinning relationships between towns and cities as a source of European integration and active citizen action.

The project will focus on the establishment of 5 committees of citizens, who will be responsible for the promotion of twinning among European settlements in order to strengthen relations and encourage active citizenship. The project involves 6 European countries: Italy, Greece, France, United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland.

European integration, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue can be achieved through twinning. It is probably the most visible form of European cooperation, with thousands of settlements proudly declaring, as one enters their area, which other communities they are twinned with.

 
The People’s Voice Newspaper PDF Print

manwithsouthsudanflagRegion/country: South Sudan

Timeframe/dates: 2010 - 2012

Funder: European Commission, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), Country-Based Support Scheme (CBSS)

Partners: Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS)

This project will support rural and disadvantaged groups to comment on important issues in South Sudan by ensuring that their voice will be heard in mainstream Sudanese newspapers.

During the project, MDI and the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) will produce 15 monthly supplements titled The People’s Voice, telling the stories of ordinary people and giving their views on issues that are important to them. The People’s Voice will be inserted into major South Sudanese Newspapers.

 
Study on Media and Diversity PDF Print

Media4Diversity ImageRegion/country: European Union and EFTA countries

Timeframe/dates: 2007-09

Funder: European Commission

Partners: The project is being conducted by a consortium comprised of the IFJ, Internews Europe, and the Media Diversity Institute

Project Description

The objective of this pan-European Study is to assist in the process of promoting diversity and fighting discrimination in the media across the 27 EU Member States & 3 EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The first stage involves researching best practice by identifying the most significant and/or innovative initiatives by or about the media that combat discrimination and/or promote diversity.

 
Seeing the Roma without prejudice PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia & Montenegro

Timeframe/dates: 2004/2006

Funder: The Department for International Development (UK)

Partners: Albanian Media Institute (Tirana), Association of Independent Electronic Media ANEM (Belgrade), Beta News Agency (Belgrade), Dan Daily Newspaper (Podgorica), Durmish Aslano (Kosovo), Macedonian Institute for Media (Skopje), Media Centar (Sarajevo), Media Center (Nis), Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo), Philia (Podgorica), Vijesti Daily Newspaper (Podgorica)

Project Description

A large, two-year media diversity project that aims to help Roma communities overcome discrimination, marginalisation and the violations of their rights through a process of media education and empowerment, and increasing the amount of fair representation of Roma voices in the media. The programme targeted Roma journalists working in both specialist Roma media and in the mainstream media; non-Roma journalists and media outlets; Roma NGOs and community leaders.

The project activities included:

  • a translation into Albanian and Macedonian languages of MDI’s Roma Media Relations handbook;
  • Roma Media Communications Skills Workshops;
  • on-site broadcast Media consultant;
  • team reporting projects and news agency diversity reporting programme
 
First Combined Pakistan and Afghan Conflict Reporting Course PDF Print

Region/country: Afghanistan and Pakistan

Timeframe/dates: 2008

Funder: British High Commission in Pakistan

Partners: Intermedia Islamabad

Project Description

This course was the first joint course for Pakistani and Afghan journalists on Conflict Reporting. Held in London in March 2008, the course was organized by Intermedia Islamabad and the Media Diversity Institute, with the support of the British High Commission in Pakistan. During the two-week course, journalists explored the practical, theoretical and management issues of working in conflict zones. The most important aim of the training was to build the capacity of journalists from Pakistan and Afghanistan in reporting on conflict and post-conflict issues through exposure to successful, high profile case studies on conflict resolution

 
Reporting Diversity Curricula Development: A Specialized Academic Media Programme To Promote Inter-Community Dialogue & Peaceful Political, Economic and Social Reforms PDF Print

Region/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2007

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: N/A

Project Description

The aim of this programme was to advance journalism education in Egypt through the development of specialized university courses focusing on the theory and practice of critical, inclusive, and responsible reporting on social diversity. The project consisted of a series of workshops, for academics from several Egyptian universities, providing guidance on how to develop such courses. There are many media projects in the Middle East which target working journalists. The approach of this core MDI activity is to target professors of journalism, and thereby indirectly affecting their students, as well as future journalists before they start their careers and encounter and fall prey to negative practices.

 
Intercultural Cities Programme PDF Print

Region/country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2007 - 2012

Funder: Council of Europe

Partners: Council of Europe

MDI provides consultancy/expertise on media and diversity issues for participants of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Programme, which includes 12 cities from all around Europe. MDI’s role includes the provision of training for journalists who want to enhance their professional standards in reporting on diversity, and training for Civil Society Organisations in media communication/advocacy.

 
Reporting Diversity: a Pilot Media Programme to Promote Inter-Community Dialogue and Social Inclusion in Morocco PDF Print

yan2Region/country: Morocco

Timeframe/dates: 2009-2011

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: Civil Society Organisations

The purpose of this project was to encourage greater social and cultural inclusion in Morocco through improving reporting on the country’s diversity. In order to achieve this, MDI worked with local partners, journalism academics and students, media decision makers and reporters, as well as with Civil Society Organisations. The main activities included: establishing a National Programme Advisory Board to guide the project; organising conferences bringing together leading media decision makers; creating a Young Inclusive Journalists’ Network; running production-oriented courses for journalists; assisting journalism academics to develop Reporting Diversity Curricula; organising media advocacy courses for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) representing marginalised groups; and establishing an Inclusive Reporting Award.

 
Reporting Diversity: a media programme to promote inter-community dialogue and moderate voices as a means to prevent religious radicalisation in Egypt PDF Print

GirlsRegion/country: Egypt

Timeframe/dates: 2008-2011

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: British Council Cairo, The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

This three year media programme promoted inter-community dialogue and moderate voices as a means to prevent religious radicalisation in Egypt. The project advanced journalism education and journalism skills through hands-on production training for practicing journalists and through development and implementation of specialized university curricula related to responsible reporting on social and cultural diversity in general, and religious diversity (cross religious and intra-religious) in particular. The main activities included Reporting Diversity Curricula Development (RDCD) workshops and a mentoring programme for Egyptian journalism academics and production-oriented training courses for Egyptian journalists.

 
Anti-Discrimination Campaign PDF Print

Region/country: Europe

Timeframe/dates: 2008 - 2012

Funder: Council of Europe

Partners: Council of Europe

MDI provides consultancy/expertise related to more professional reporting on discrimination. This includes contribution to the Campaigns’s Diversity Manual and production of a Diversity Glossary as a stand alone CoE publication in several languages, available for all media organisations and Civil Society Organisations interested and/or specialized in the field of anti-discrimination.

 
Enhancing freedom of expression and media capacity in Azerbaijan PDF Print

AzeriJournoFireRegion/country: Azerbaijan

Timeframe/dates: 2009 – 2012

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: Article 19

The purpose of this project, jointly managed by Article 19 and MDI, is to strengthen freedom of expression (FoE) in Azerbaijan through advocacy for legal reform, in particular abolition of criminal defamation, and capacity building of the media. While Article 19 is responsible for activities related to legal reforms in the field of FoE, MDI’s role focuses on training for journalists on legal awareness and the principles of professional reporting on defamation/FoE issues. In addition MDI is responsible for the design and production of TV debate shows and commissioning of articles on defamation/FoE issues.  The project is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 
International Religious Freedom – a Cornerstone of Democracy PDF Print

violence in CairoRegion/country: Middle East & North Africa and South East Asia

Timeframe/dates: 2009 -2012

Funder: U.S. State Department

Partners: Freedom House, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

The purpose of this project is to promote international religious freedom norms through improving social and cultural understanding in specific professional groups (legal, media, and human rights professionals, and religious and secular leaders) and to develop legal protection in accordance with religious freedom norms. MDI is responsible for implementing the project in partnership with two US organizations, Freedom House and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The project’s goals will be addressed through three sets of activities: (1) education and strategic advice to local counterparts on religious freedom law and principles, and media responsibility for civil society, lawmakers, government officials, lawyers, clergy, and journalists; (2) a Rapid Response Capability to address particularly crises related to religious freedom; and (3) support for indigenous voices to advocate on religious freedom issues.

 
Reporting diversity - Nigeria PDF Print

Region/country: Nigeria

Timeframe/dates: 2001

Funder: The World Bank (Post Conflict Unit)

Partners: The Panos Institute (Washington); Center for War, Peace and the News Media (New York); Independent Journalism Centre (Lagos). [MDI was a partner of the Center for War, Peace and the News Media (CWPNM) on this CWPNM/Panos-led project]

Project Description

A short term project designed to bring together journalists from different ethnic groups, to train them in coverage of diversity-related issues. Project activities focused around the production of a reporting diversity manual for African journalists and a national retreat for print editors and broadcast managers.

The objective of the course was to enable journalists coming from different ethnic backgrounds to understand that there is always a common ground, a basic human interest which put people together regardless of their nationality, religion or ethnicity. The trainer and the journalists would use as their core training material a resource manual produced as part of the project, which would include both conceptual and practical material on diversity, including essays, training modules, case studies, journalistic tool boxes, codes of conduct and legal material.

The production of a 200-page reporting diversity manual entitled”Covering Diversity: A resource and a Training Manual for African Journalists” and a national retreat for print editors and broadcast managers, “Media in Diverse Societies: Roles, Responsibilities and Opportunities” in Ibadan in June 2001.

 
The Reporting Diversity Network: a media program to promote interethnic dialogue, conflict prevention, and reconciliation in South-East Europe PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania

Timeframe/dates: 2001/2003

Funder: The European Community, The European Cultural Foundation, The Freedom Forum, The Guardian Foundation, IREX - the Open Society Institute, The U.S. Department of State, The Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Partners: Albanian Media Institute (Tirana), Association of Independent Electronic Media (Belgrade); Beta News Agency (Belgrade); Centre for Multicultural Understanding and Cooperation (Skopje); Center for Democracy and Human Rights (Podgorica); Center for Independent Journalism (Bucharest); Center for Independent Journalism (Budapest); Center for War, Peace and the News Media (New York); Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia (Belgrade); International Centre for Education of Journalists (Zagreb); International Federation of Journalists (Brussels); Macedonian Institute for Media (Skopje); Media Development Centre (Sofia); Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo); Media Centar (Sarajevo); Roma Press Centre (Budapest); STINA News Agency (Split); Vijesti Daily (Podgorica).

Project Description

A large-scale, two-year media diversity project targeting journalists, media decision-makers, journalism academics, and minorities NGOs. Activities ranged from producing manuals and conducting workshops, to news agency training schemes and university journalism curriculum development. The project was intended to combat xenophobia, promote improved inter-ethnic relations and conflict resolution, and help secure minority rights by changing the way media in that region covers and reports on such issues.

It pursued a comprehensive strategy comprising six programmatic elements addressing inter-related media objectives, ranging from training journalists - and the professors who teach them, and the editors who manage them - to assisting minority groups get their voices heard. The project placed particular emphasis on influencing the media "decision-makers" and on practical concrete reporting projects.

 
Training the media, empowering minorities: a project for improved media coverage of ethnic and minority issues in the South Caucasus PDF Print

Region/country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, disputed territories

Timeframe/dates: 2003/2006

Funder: The European Community, The Eurasia Foundation, IREX Media Innovations Program for Georgia, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [NOTE: The project is 89% funded. Additional funding opportunities exist]

Partners: Baku Press Club (Baku), Black Sea Press (Tbilisi), Internews (Armenia), Internews (Azerbaijan), Internews (Georgia), Journalists' Club Asparez (Gyumri), Liberty Institute (Tbilisi), Yerevan Press Club (Yerevan)

Project Description

A large-scale, three-year media diversity project targeting journalists, media decision-makers, journalism academics, and minorities NGOs. Project activities ranged from producing manuals and conducting training workshops, to internships and TV and radio productions. The project aimed to use the power of the media to create deeper public understanding of ethnic and other minority groups and their human rights in the countries of the South Caucasus. The project was designed to promote a constructive role for the media in helping societies reduce conflict based on ethnicity, race, religion sex, and age. In addition, it is also aimed to facilitate long-term monitoring of media coverage of minorities through training programs.

MDI's project pursues a comprehensive strategy comprising six engagement strategies designed to achieve its objectives including: empowerment of ethnic minorities; awareness building and training of the mainstream media; diversity education programme; minorities and media working together; and media monitoring and network building.

The RDN (reporting diversity network) represents the institutional vehicle by which long-term change in media behaviour in the region can be carried out after the project's end, providing long-term sustainability of this work. Building the network is an integral part of MDI's regional strategy - a strategy which MDI has successfully enacted in South-East Europe, where a thriving RDN of 18 members now exists, often driving forward its own projects.

 
Reporting diversity for Jewish and Arab Israeli journalism students PDF Print

Region/country: Israel

Timeframe/dates: 2006/2007

Funder: The European Cultural Foundation

Partners: Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College (Israel)

Project Description

A continuation of the successful project set up in 2004. This time a new generation of Jewish and Arab undergraduate journalism students from the Emek Yezreel College near Nazareth, have explored their own experience of otherness, coexistence and inclusion, especially in the aftermath of the recent crisis in the Middle East.  The students decided whether to produce a bi-lingual newspaper supplement, as in the pilot or to set up a webzine, or produce a video.

The aim of this project was to raise the media diversity awareness of students at the Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College, and to offer them skills training in reporting diversity techniques. The project will contribute to inter-ethnic understanding within Israel and beyond by:

  • introducing the concept of diversity reporting into journalistic and editorial thinking at the outset of the participants' careers;
  • building relationships between Jewish-Israelis and Arab-Israelis embarking on media careers;
  • publishing a newspaper supplement that:
    • explores and embraces  Israel's cultural diversity;
    • provides a positive example of inter-ethnic cooperation as a model for peaceful problem-solving in the region;
    • overturns assumptions about 'other' groups, replacing stereotypes with real human faces
 
Supporting the development of an independent, pluralistic and diverse media in Iraq PDF Print

Region/country: Iraq

Timeframe/dates: Ongoing from 2007

Funder: UNDP

Partners: Article 19 (leading partner), AmmanNet Radio

Project Description

The envisaged programme aims to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework to protect media freedom and independence in Iraq by engaging stakeholders in a broad-based media law working group to adopt an action plan and reach consensus on two draft laws. The final goal of the project is to ensure a more diverse and gender-sensitive media and media reporting by training journalists to report on diversity and by producing a report on freedom of expression with a particular focus on issues facing women and minority groups. A 30-mins radio magazine on diversity-related issues has been produced. The project includes an intensive three-day workshop and a seven-day production segment. In the second phase, participants carried out hands-on reporting fieldwork, working in pairs under the guidance of their international and local trainers to gain practical experience in reporting on various prominent diversity issues relevant to the current Iraqi context. The produced radio magazine will be distributed widely through national, regional and international radio stations.

In collaboration with local partner organisations, the implementer will monitor incidences of violations against women's and minority groups' rights to freedom of expression. The monitoring and campaigning outputs include a series of press releases and letters to officials in response to threats or violations of freedom of expression. The ongoing monitoring will culminate in a publication of freedom of expression in Iraq in 2007.

 
Creating an enabling environment for a free and diverse media: Professional Skills Training for women journalists in Iraq PDF Print

Region/country: Iraq

Timeframe/dates: 2007

Funder: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: Article 19, AmmanNet Jordan

Project Description

The purpose of the joint Article 19/ MDI project is to ensure a more diverse and gender-sensitive media in Iraq by building the professional capacity of women to access the media.

The series of activities outlined in this project targets women journalists and thus raised their journalistic expertise and ultimately benefitted the public's right to receive information through a diverse media.

The two day workshops entitled Professional skills for mid career women journalists were held in Amman. It offered a forum for discussion on key issues and challenges faced by women journalists in today's Iraq: reporting current Iraqi events, and specifically, reporting on and around religious diversity during the current conflict. The workshop paid special attention to sharing information and awareness about women's rights as well as to the empowerment of women through the media in general and through the internet in particular. MDI brought to the workshop experts on the issues mentioned above.

•Monitoring and campaigning against freedom of expression abuses in Iraq with specific focus on Iraqi women.

•Capacity building programme on freedom of expression in conflict and post-conflict situation

 
Enhancing Media Relations/Media Advocacy Skills of Moderate Muslim NGOs across Indonesia PDF Print

Region/country: Indonesia

Timeframe/dates: 2007/2008

Funder: UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Partners: N/A

Project Description

The aim of this project was to enable moderate Islamic NGOs in Indonesia to speak loudly, clearly and efficiently through the media, gaining control over the way in which they are perceived through the media. Therefore, promoting moderate, balanced Islamic views which are commonly and significantly missing from the media’s agenda, this is, all too often saturated by extreme attitudes. The rationale behind the project is that it is essential to support and assist moderate Islamic non-governmental organizations in their efforts to promote the concept that Islamic values can be the basis for a non violent democratic political system, equality between sexes, and religious tolerance. The project consisted of a series of workshops organized in cooperation with local partners, On Track Media and the Alliance of Independent Journalists. They were attended by Islamic NGO participants and journalists. MDI experts trained moderate Islamic NGO representatives how to communicate with media, and journalists how to use information provided by NGOs.

 
RD Training for Trainers PDF Print

Region/country: Global

Timeframe/dates: 2006/2007

Funder: The Sigrid Rausing Trust

Partners: Mediawise

Project Description

Recognizing that suitably experienced and skilled Reporting Diversity (RD) trainers are incredibly rare on the global media training market, MDI intends to train more of them on a regular, systematic basis. Development of a specialized reporting diversity trainers-training program and the resulting pool of highly trained professionals will benefit MDI but the industry as whole as well. The ‘Training of trainers – development of RD trainer cadre’ program will lay the foundation for a series of annual ‘train-the-trainers’ workshops, starting with a pilot training workshop, co-organized with MediaWise, at the beginning of November. Our aim is to create, within three years, a pool of 25-35 trainers, at which point training will be reviewed and decision will be made as to whether the pool needs to be sustained through further regular training programs. An advisory panel of four people will oversee the “Training of trainers” development process.

 
Reporting diversity in Macedonia PDF Print

Region/country: Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: 2001

Funder: IREX

Partners: Macedonian Institute for Media (Skopje)

Project Description

Conducted during the tense spring and summer of 2001, this project aimed to bring together journalists from different ethnic groups, and to train them in coverage of diversity-related issues. The cross-ethnic team worked together on a series of articles.

The trainer and the journalists would use as their core training material an MDI reporting diversity manual in both Albanian and Macedonian languages. (MDI already had a Macedonian version - an Albanian translation was produced under this grant). The objective of the course was to enable journalists coming from different ethnic backgrounds to understand that there is always a common ground, a basic human interest which put people together regardless of their nationality, religion or ethnicity.

Over 10 days a team of 10 journalists produced a series of articles, six of which were published in the journalists' newspapers. Considering the circumstances at that time - the tense spring and summer of 2001 - MDI considers this a significant success. (At one point the funder was discussing with us a possible cancellation of the event altogether because of the increase in inter-ethnic conflict, but together we went ahead after taking local advice).

 
Reporting diversity training and development for news agencies in South-East Europe PDF Print

Region/country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Timeframe/dates: 2000/2001

Funder: Westminster Foundation for Democracy, The U.S. Department of State

Partners: Media Centar (Sarajevo), Center for War, Peace and the News Media (New York)

Project Description

An educational course designed to assist news agencies - as influential media players distributing material to many outlets - to gain a better understanding of, and sensitivity towards, diversity-related issues.

The objective of this modest educational project was to work with the news agencies which, since they have more consumers then a single news medium, have more influence and reach. Several news agencies sent their journalists to this 4-day course: Stina (Croatia), Safax and BH Press (Bosnia), Beta, Fonet and Tajug (Serbia), Kosovalive (Kosovo), Srna (Republika Srpska), and Montena Fax (Montenegro). All of them had been providing local and regional media with news and information, developing at the same time a modest news exchange service with other news agencies from the Balkans and region-wide.
The Beta News agency established a Reporting Diversity News Exchange service providing (along with the assistance of other partners in the MDI-initiated Reporting Diversity Network) high quality articles on ethnic minorities and their human rights as well as on the other diversity-related issues (gender, children, disabled people, homosexuals, etc).

 
Seeing the Roma without prejudice PDF Print

Region/country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia

Timeframe/dates: 1999-2001

Funder: European Cultural Foundation and Open Society Institute - Budapest

Partners: Center for Independent Journalism (Budapest)

Project Description

Increasing the capabilities of minority Roma communities to interact effectively with majority media in order to introduce their perspectives and proposals into mainstream reporting and help counter discriminatory reporting on their communities.

The project aimed to improve the coverage of the Roma population - which was plagued by prejudice - by the mainstream media. Tendencies towards segregation of Roma are strong, and prejudice deep-rooted. Most Roma have little or no influence over information that has great potential impact on them. Objectives were to enable minority Roma communities (through their formal and informal leaders and NGOs) to increase their capabilities to interact effectively with majority media in order to introduce their perspectives and proposals into mainstream reporting and help counter discriminatory reporting on their communities.

MDI held, in Budapest, two regional media relations workshops for Roma Community Leaders from South East and Central Europe. MDI produced a 'Media Relations Training and Resource Guide for Roma Community Organizations', including specific tools, techniques, and materials to further increase Roma access to the media.

 
Reporting Diversity Network Indonesia - pilot project PDF Print

Region/country: Indonesia

Timeframe/dates: Ongoing from 2004

Funder: The Open Society Institute

Partners: Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (Jakarta)

Project Description

A study of the media diversity situation in Indonesia to make an assessment as to whether MDI's work would be useful and cost-effective in that country. If the assessment indicates that MDI can play an effective and meaningful role in Indonesia, further consultation with potential beneficiaries will culminate in the preparation of a media diversity project for the region. The aims of this project is to find out what are the media diversity issues and problems if any that need to be addressed in Indonesia, to invite the people there to give their solutions to those problems and to talk to people about solutions that MDI and others have tried in other places and found out if it could be relevant to Indonesia. The project will take place in two or three phases: research, consultation and project preparation.

 
Reporting diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina PDF Print

Region/country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Timeframe/dates: 1999

Funder: The Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Partners: Media Centar (Sarajevo), Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo)

Project Description

Supporting the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina to facilitate post-war trauma recovery, as well as promoting reconstruction and the reconciliation across the ethnically divided country. Through cross-ethnic and cross-entity initiatives, MDI built constructive and influential relationships between journalists and news organisations. A “Reporting Diversity Resource Manual” was designed specifically for journalists from Bosnia Herzegoniva. A reporting diversity course was introduced into the journalism school jointly run by the Media Centar and the BBC; the “Reporter Weekly” newspaper (in Republika Sprska) introduced a special page devoted to diversity-related issues. The Media Plan Institute launched a “Building Tolerance Through Music” initiative to broadcast popular music from different communities across ethnic lines.

 
Joint project for journalists in South-Eastern Europe PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey - (The Royaumont countries)

Timeframe/dates: 1999

Funder: The European Community

Partners: MDI was a partner of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on this
IFJ-led project.

Project Description

Part of the Royaumont process, key aims of this project were to support ethical conduct; promote diversity within media; encourage co-operation and solidarity among journalists; and to raise awareness of the principles of tolerance.

The aims of this project were to produce a reporting diversity page in the project’s regular newsletter the Royaumont News Line; to provide a list of contacts available on the Royaumont Media News Website; to provide online information on diversity issues and to produce a journalism training manual. Furthermore, to co-organise a one day session conference on “Safety of journalists and journalism in conflict” in Ohrid, in June 1999 as well as producing News exchange Pilot Programme.

 
The media solidarity programme: reporting diversity network project in support of independent journalism PDF Print

Region/country: Albania, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (including Kosovo) and Macedonia

Timeframe/dates: 1999

Funder: The European community

Partners: MDI was a partner of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on this
IFJ-led project

Project Description

A project to support understanding, tolerance and respect among different nationalities and minorities. It aimed to support independent and reliable journalism in the target countries by providing emergency assistance to journalists and media organisations, as well as supporting conflict resolution and co-operation between media centres in the region.

The project consisted of the following parts:

  1. Creation of media solidarity centres within existing media organisations in Albania, Macedonia and Serbia;
  2. Emergency assistance for Kosovar journalists returning home from Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro;
  3. Relaunch of the Kosova Alliance of Journalists (KAJ);
  4. Monitoring structures for accreditation and distribution of assistance to Kosovo-Albanian journalists through the KAJ, the local journalists' associations and the media solidarity centres;
  5. Crisis reporting and cross-border initiatives with journalists in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro;
  6. Special feature reporting projects undertaken by teams of reporters including local and Kosovar journalists, emphasizing in-depth reports on the impact of the refugees on national politics, inter-ethnic relations, and the economy.

The Media Diversity Institute, as the IFJ's partner for this project, undertook the last two sub-projects: crisis reporting and special feature team reporting projects.

 
Reporting diversity project in Latvia and Romania PDF Print

Region/country: Latvia and Romania

Timeframe/dates: 1998

Funder: The Freedom Forum

Partners: The International Federation of Journalists

Project Description

Media in both Latvia and Romania were assisted to help diminish tensions within their ethnically divided countries by strengthening the capabilities of these news organizations to distribute more in-depth, balanced, and pluralistic reports. Those objectives were to enable media to promote greater popular understanding of human rights, to support greater understanding among all ethnic groups of the social, political, and economic concerns within each community. Through cross-ethnic initiatives, MDI aimed to build constructive and influential relationships between journalists and news organisations.

The project activities included the production of a Reporting Diversity Resource Manual” in both Latvian and Romanian languages; two “Train the trainer” workshops to develop specialised teaching modules for using the reporting diversity manuals. Based on this work, Florin Pescinu, director of the center for Independent Journalism (Bucharest) launched a series of seminars and round- table discussions on diversity related issues. In Latvia, Inta Brikse Head of Journalism Department at Riga University, created and introduced a “Reporting Diversity Curriculum”, which was used as a model for other journalism schools in the region,and inspired a later MDI focus on reporting diversity curriculum development for university journalism professor.

 
Reporting Diversity Network Foundation Project PDF Print

Region/country: Macedonia and the United Kingdom

Timeframe/dates: 1998

Funder: The Freedom Forum

Partners: Centre for Multicultural Understanding and Cooperation (Skopje)

Project Description

This project is the introduction of a reporting diversity programme to Macedonia, plus the convening of a “Reporting Diversity Conference” held in London in November 1998 that led to the emergence of the Reporting Diversity Network that now forms the foundation of the Media Diversity Institute’s work. The objectives of this project are to produce a “Reporting Diversity Resource Manual” in Macedonian language and the production of a “Trainers Guide to Reporting Diversity”. The guide provided a valuable hands-on tool for organising reporting diversity workshops and seminars, and proved useful in schooling the media in how to cover inter-ethnic relations in more sensible and more professional way. Aside from the resource manual, it included the creation of a special reporting diversity supplement that focused on diversity-related issues, to be published simultaneously in Dnevnik, Denas Weekly, Fokus Weekly (in Macedonian language) and Fakti and Flaka (in Albanian language)

 
Mentoring research fellows at the Central European University PDF Print

Region/country: Central and Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, and Mongolia

Timeframe/dates: Ongoing from 2002

Funder: The European Community, The Eurasia Foundation, IREX Media Innovations Program for Georgia The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

[NOTE: The project is 89% funded. Additional funding opportunities exist]

Partners: Baku Press Club (Baku), Black Sea Press (Tbilisi), Internews (Armenia), Internews (Azerbaijan), Internews (Georgia), Journalists' Club Asparez (Gyumri), Liberty Institute (Tbilisi), Yerevan Press Club (Yerevan)

Project Description

MDI mentors fellows from the International Policy Fellowship (IPF) program of the Central European University (Budapest) and the Open Society Institute. The program supports research by civil society leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia.

This 36-month project aims to use the power of the media (both the news and entertainment media) to create deeper public understanding of ethnic and other minority groups and their human rights issues in the countries of the South Caucasus. By presenting these marginalized, vulnerable and misportrayed groups in fair, accurate and balanced ways, the media will raise public consciousness of minority rights and help combat xenophobia, racism, ethnic discrimination and intolerance. Informed, inclusive, and professional media coverage of ethnic minorities and issues of importance to them are the best bridge between divided ethnic groups. The programme targets journalists at all levels, ethnic and minority leaders and their NGOs, journalism educators and students, and the general public. Activities are predominantly training-based and are diverse, ranging from provision of diversity reporting tools, to cross-ethnic team reporting exercises, to workshops for ethnic and minority leaders.

 
Bridging the perception gap: cross-ethnic confidence-building with the media in Russia PDF Print

Region/country: Russia, Eastern Europe

Timeframe/dates: 1998/1999

Funder: Council of Europe

Partners: National Press Institute (Moscow)

Project Description

A project designed to defuse tensions in Russia's major cities between the majority ethnic Russian population and the country's many ethnic minorities - particularly those of Caucasian descent - by training the media to provide more balanced and accurate reporting of ethnically charged issues.

The project was created to defuse tensions in Russia's major cities between the majority ethnic Russian population and the country's many ethnic minorities, by training the media to provide more balanced and accurate reporting. It aims is:

To develop a curriculum and training materials for teaching the skills and sensitivities of reporting on these issues;

To provide, through its briefings and press conferences, a constant stream of information about ethnic communities in Russia and issues that affect them, in order to maintain a healthy and transparent public discussion.

A six-month training course was held for mainstream Russian and minority journalists on covering ethnically charged issues. The course included 12 sessions. It was taught by leading Russian and foreign journalists, conflict experts, and NPI staff. During the course, selected participating journalists undertook supervised projects which were then submitted to national and regional broadcast outlets. This marked the beginning of a greater cooperation between news media in Russia regarding the coverage of diversity-related issues.

 
Finding common ground in Israel - Jewish and Arab journalism students working together PDF Print

Region/country: Israel

Timeframe/dates: 2004-2006

Funder: The European Cultural Foundation, The Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, The Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Partners: Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College (Israel)

Project Description

An intense, short-term project in which 24 Jewish and Arab undergraduate journalism students tackled the issues surrounding reporting on ethnic otherness. A mix of theory and practical work, the project culminated in the production by the students of a 24-page bi-lingual newspaper supplement , that was circulated into their northern Israeli community as an insert in local Arabic-language and Hebrew-language newspapers. The project received a 'Certificate of Excellence' commending their work, at the 10th British Diversity Awards, 2004.

The aim is to raise the media diversity awareness of students at the Media and Communications Department, Emek Yezreel College, and to offer them skills training in reporting diversity techniques. The project will contribute to inter-ethnic understanding within Israel and beyond by:

  • introducing concept of diversity reporting into journalistic and editorial thinking at the outset of the participants' careers;
  • building relationships between Jewish-Israelis and Arab-Israelis embarking on media careers;
  • publishing a newspaper supplement that:
    • explores and celebrates Israel's cultural diversity;
    • provides a positive example of inter-ethnic cooperation as a model for peaceful problem-solving in the region;
    • overturns assumptions about 'other' groups, replacing stereotypes with real human faces.