International MEDIVA workshop
Tuesday 15 May 2012 | Administrator MiM
3 - 4 May 2012, Utrecht
The MEDIVA 2-day workshop “new voices and perspectives in the news” is part of the International MEDIVA project: Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration:. MEDIVA aims to strengthen the capacity of the media to reflect the increasing diversity of European societies and thus foster a better understanding of immigrant integration processes at a time when social cohesion and integration policies are put to the test by an acute economic crisis.
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During day 1, an international expert group of journalists, researchers and (migrant) NGOs focused on finding concrete ways to tackle the main challenges in the production and presentation of news, following the conclusions from the MEDIVA project. The second day hosted an open debate on “the influence of social media and internet on the content and on the participation of migrants in the (inter) national news” and “the role of media as a platform for intercultural dialogue”. During both days in both plenary and parallel sessions, key speakers presented exemplary cases from different local and national contexts around the following issues:
· The role of migrants’ voices in reporting and in public debate; the role of inclusive and participatory journalism;
· News making on migrant issues: ways to avoid or counter stereotypes and negative framing; intercultural journalism;
· The influence of social media and internet on the content and on the participation of migrants in the (inter) national news;
· The role and responsibility of journalists in covering and managing local ethnic conflicts and in promoting intercultural dialogue.
Participants from different local, international and professional backgrounds presented and discussed what does and does not work.
PROGRAMME Thursday 3 May 2012
13:00 Lunch and registration
14:00 Welcome by Ed Klute, director Mira Media
· The role of migrants and diversity in news content
· The role of diversity in newsmaking and programme production
· UK newsmaking and news content specifics
· Ireland newsmaking and news content specifics
· Poland newsmaking and news content specifics
· Short Reflection on the MEDIVA project
15:00 –16:30 Discussion of MEDIVA conclusions in two parallel groups, concerning:
1. The role of migrants’ voices.
Enhancing the role of migrants and migrants’ voices in reporting and in public and media debates. (Practical proven examples, which can be introduced elsewhere). Inclusive/participatory journalism.
2. Intercultural journalism.
How journalists can be supported to produce accurate and balanced reports on migrant issues, and to avoid stereotypes and negative framing? (Practical proven examples that can be introduced elsewhere).
16:30 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:00 Round Table.
Presentations on findings and practical recommendations from parallel sessions with discussants and participants.
Chair: Ed Klute. Director Mira Media
PROGRAMME Friday 4 May 2012 ‘Thinking forward’
9:00 Registration Academie gebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht
9:45 – 10:15 Social media as a tool for journalists and NGO’s to monitor news events and
10:15 – 10:45 Do national mainstream media have a role as discussion platform for
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Parallel sessions, examples of Different Perspectives
Workshop 1. Reporting on migrants (in multicultural neigbourhoods)
Positive examples of coverage were found in local press, in particular in metropolitan areas, in quality newspapers that had reporters specialised on the topic and allowed for background reporting and investigations, and contextualisation of reports, and in programming by Public Service Broadcasters in a number of countries. What are the critical factors for success?
· Sweden, Evrim Cosar, Journalist, Stockholm Sweden
Workshop 2. Role of ethnic media, social media, bloggers and citizen journalists to give migrants a voice in the public debate
Immigrants can have their voice heard in the media and the public debate by producing their own media and by using social media in a strategic and effective way, or by means of initiatives that create dialogue between their communities and the media. What are examples of good practice and how can migrants and NGO’s do to make more and effective use of their own media?
Workshop 3: New opportunities for migrants by applying data journalism and info graphics to make their voices heard.
Chair: Ed Klute, director Mira Media
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Round table:
How media can better reflect diversity in Europe in the digital age.
Moderator: Esther-Clair Sasabone
· Research, Jessika ter Wal
· Journalist, Sweden, Evrim Cosar
· Mainstream media, Frans Jennekens
· Migrant NGO, Bashy Quraishy
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