MARS - Media Against Racism in Sport

14 - 17 September 2011, Vienna (Austria)

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Yilmaz GÜLÜM ( & Marion DRAXLER (Verein ZARA)
Yilmaz Gülüm and Marion Draxler interviewed two successful sports persons after their main career in soccer to verify the assumption that there is a "glass ceiling" for people with a migrant background concerning a second career in training or management. The article was published on 19 September 2011 in For Yilmaz and Marion, the cooperation was fruitful and they inspired and complemented one another. Marion was quite surprised that – with the help of Reinhard Krennhuber – they managed to interview so many famous sportspeople in such a short time. One of their interview partners found it the most interesting topic he had been questioned about in a long time and it seems this is a topic that is not dealt with often in the media..
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Daniela ERRENST (Radio AGORA) & Michael GAMS (Radio FRO)
They researched how the major Austrian ice hockey league has become more international in the last years. This enlargement has had results also on the way people understand and accept other cultures, languages and traditions. The radio feature has been published in the Cultural Broadcasting Archive of the VFRÖ. It was broadcast on Friday, 23 September in the FROzine at 6 pm on radio FRO. And it will be broadcast on Sunday, 2 October on Radio Agora at 6 pm. Both Daniela and Michael come from the radio and found their cooperation very successful. For Daniela, coming from a radio station that deals with minority issues on a daily basis, the change of focus from "there is a problem" to a genuine topic where the "problem" becomes secondary, was an interesting experience. She said she would not have chosen such an approach without the MARS seminar. They, too, heard that the topic they chose had never been dealt with in the media concerning ice hockey. With more than an hour material they are considering to create a larger feature. A problem they faced was the short time they had which lead to the use of inaccurate terminology at times. In the future they would like to be able to work more on this especially as it is a sensitive topic.
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Kerstin KELLERMANN (Augustin) & Sefer ÜLGER (M-Media)
Kerstin Kellermann has been working for some time on the topic of why Women Ski Jumping has not been an Olympic discipline for many years. Together with Sefer Ülger they interviewed William Rush, uncle of successful ski jumper Jessica Jerome, and Daniela Iraschko about discrimination of women in sports, only to find out that this discipline had been admitted in the beginning of the year. This fact had escaped Kerstin's attention even though she is an attentive follower of sports news – which as a fact speaks for itself concerning reporting on women in sports. The report will be published on MMedia. Kerstin will publish an article on the "Raiffeisen Vikings" – Ladies American Football Team – in Augustin; she had the idea for this through the MARS Media Encounter. Kerstin was at first a bit sceptical whether her more decorative style would go well with what she imagined would be the more down-to-earth style of the sports reporter, however both she and Sefer found the cooperation to have went well, even though some wordings were not consensus. As Kerstin has been working in the field for over 20 years, she did not encounter great surprises, whereas for Sefer the topic itself was new, not having known that there were no women ski jumpers in the Olympics.
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Anna Maria BULECZKA (Radiofonia), Oliver JAGOSCH (radio FRO) & Soheyl LIWANI (
Referee Andreas Fellinger is quoted in the TV feature by Anna Maria Bulecka, Oliver Jagosch and Soheyl Liwani. The authors interviewed two referees, one Turkish, one Austrian, on the issue that referees are those people on the soccer field that are prone for bashing, whatever they do. The question was, is there a difference for a migrant and a non-migrant referee? The 10 minute feature has been published and can be downloaded. It will be published on the facebook site of Oliver and Anna Maria have a radio background and Soheyl is a press officer and not a TV reporter so for all three the medium was not very familiar. They would have liked to have had more time, especially as the female referee they wanted to speak with would have only been able to give the interview on Friday afternoon – too late for the formal constraints the project brought with it in terms of production. Producing a film does need more time and technical skills than producing a radio show or a text. All three found it an interesting experience to work together and they complemented one another well with their different talents and backgrounds. A surprising finding was that the Turkish referee did not register racism on the field and in sports, rather only in every day interactions.
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Dominik MEISINGER (Radio FRO) & Johannes HOFER (Ballesterer)
They were the only cross-media team of the group. Their output on the topic of "Migrant Football Clubs in Vienna" and the difficulties these clubs face resulted in a radio feature and a print version. The radio feature has been published and can be downloaded on CBA. It was broadcast on Radio FRO in FROzine on 20 September 2011 at 6 pm. It will also be broadcast as part of the show by Daniela Errenst at Radio Agora on 2 October 2011 at 6 pm.Dominik and Johannes discussed the concept and approached their interview partners together, however they produced their features independently as each medium follows its own logic and needs a different approach. The result is that the radio piece includes different aspects from the written piece, each complementing the other. Both had never worked in this cross-media way before. A written piece, they found, cannot be used even as moderation for the radio feature. They gathered a lot of material and opened up a huge field on the topic. It was not easy to focus on only one aspect of migrant soccer clubs, as a Turkish club faces other problems than a club of sans papiers or refugees fighting for a residence permit.
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Yilmaz Gülüm (
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