MEDIANE - Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness
Today, in Europe, too many people are not very visible, in fact some remain invisible, on screen! Even worse, when these same groups appear in the media, they are confined to very specific roles and consigned to limited topics. Thus, as different groups are barely visible, they are being denied their voice in the democratic debate!
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This is why the joint European Union (EU)/Council of Europe (CoE) programme MEDIANE – Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness, has chosen to focus on the media’s abilities and capacities to include diversities of today’s European societies in the production process as well as in the designing of media content, in particular of news that contributes to inform the public opinion.
Building upon various recommendations of the CoE bodies on media pluralism and diversity expression, the achievements of the 2008-2010 antidiscrimination campaign and its joint EU/CoE programme
MARS – Media Against Racism in Sport, MEDIANE aims at considering diversity and non discrimination as ongoing angles of media coverage. Through this approach, MEDIANE wants to encourage truly inclusive modes of media content design and production.
To do so, MEDIANE offers the media and their
professionals (journalism students and trainers,
journalists, media managers, etc.) the opportunity of
committing themselves to sharing professional practices,
either during European or thematic encounters or on one-to-one basis, through
European Exchanges MEDIANE activity. Beyond this sharing of experiences, these professionals will be invited to build a Media Index on diversity inclusiveness. This
index shall be a tool, for the media and media professionals, to monitor their capacities to include diversity in the design and production of media content. It is also intended to serve as a decision making tool in favour of truly inclusive and intercultural modes of media content design and production.
By doing so, the proposed project aims at giving both the media and their professionals the opportunities to renew their working methods, and thus find new ways for their proper development, as well as strengthening the fight against racism and fostering mutual understanding.
“MEDIANE, a joint programme between the European
Union and its
Fundamental rights and citizenship programme and the Council of Europe”