MDI’s Lebanese Partner to Visit London for a Study Tour on Diversity

Dates: 3 – 6 June 2013

Country: UK, London

lebanon visitA group of seven reporters and media experts from Lebanon will visit London aiming to exchange expertise on inclusive practices in British media institutions and universities.

Between 3 and 6 June, together with MDI director Milica Pesic and project manager Farid Littleproud, the delegation will meet the head of diversity at BBC and the Guardian, and the director of Channel 4 News, as well as a group of UK academics and journalists.

The group is made of Lebanese journalists, such as the senior reporter at LBCI television, Hoda Chedid, and the news bulletin producer and senior reporter at Al Jadeed, Malek Charif; media professors at Lebanese University, Ali Rammal  and Geries Sadaka; Maharat Foundation team members in Lebanon,  Roula Mikhael, Aline Farah, Layal Bahnam.

This study tour is a part of the project “Towards an Inclusive and Responsible Media in Lebanon”, set up in April by MDI and its Lebanese partner Maharat Foundation, an organisation working on building more democratic society through freedom of expression.

The overall objective of the project is to encourage responsible media coverage of diversity, reduce tensions and promote peace through the inclusive and responsible media in Lebanon.

As part of the programme, MDI and Maharat Foundation are working to develop a module regarding inclusive and responsible reporting on diversity to be adopted in Lebanese University. In addition, a ‘new model of journalism’ website with up to 40 stories will be produced by students who have tested the inclusive journalism curriculum.

Other activities are the discussion of the project and the examples of ‘new model journalism’ with other media faculties and media institutions, as well as the monitoring of news coverage in mainstream media in Lebanon, with international comparisons, best practice, and recommendations for a new model of responsible journalism that reflects diversity of viewpoints and voices in Lebanon.