Reporting on Migration & Refugees Workshop for EU Journalists
London, July, 4th, 2017 (Media Diversity). The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is inviting applications for a workshop it is organising for journalists from EU countries who are keen to improve their skills related to reporting on migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups. The event will be held in London between 4 – 8 September 2017. Journalists from EU countries interested in participating at the workshop should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on how to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is end of 24 July 2017. All costs of participation will be covered by the organisers. The workshop, organised as part of the ‘Media Against Hate Speech’ project, aims to explore best practices on covering sensitive issues concerning migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups, in the context of Brexit and the growth of xenophobic attitudes across Europe. It will look at both good and bad practices in media coverage as well as data journalism as an important aspect of responsible reporting. The workshop will be highly practical in nature and one of the objectives will be for all trainees to produce appealing stories during the event for publishing in their media outlets, under the guidance of experienced trainers specialised in this topic. The workshop will be supported by Google News Lab who'll provide training on a range of digital tools for journalists. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is one of the partners gathered by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) for the project Media Against Hate Speech. Other partners involved in the project are: Article 19, Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), Community Media Institute (COMMIT), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) and Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE). The project is financially supported by the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers).
Meeting with Mgr Lucio Adrian Ruiz
Québec City, June 19th, 2017 (SIGNIS). In 2015, Pope Francis created the new secretariat for communications, headed by Don Dario Vigano, in order to gather the main communications services of the Vatican. Mgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, is the “webmaster of the Pope”, and secretary of the new secretariat. Since 1997, he has been responsible of the internet service of the Vatican, then of the department of internet and telecommunications. In 2013, He already explained that his department was not the only one to guarantee the active presence of the Pope in the media, but that it was also due to the work of the Press center, the CTV, Radio Vatican, and of the Vatican’s journal. Two years later, all these “supports” were united, after the Pope’s request, in order to respond to the cultural change, explained Msgr. Lucio at the editorial team of Le Quotidien, the daily newspaper of the SIGNIS Congress. “It is a normal evolution, to answer to the challenges of media and the new digital world”. He added “we wanted to work in a simple and efficient way”, and new technologies allow that. Msgr. Lucio uses the word “Hyper reality” to describe the world of today: what is important, is the event, the content, not the media. About the relationship between SIGNIS and the new Secretariat, he sees a « continuity, a renewal and a strengthening ». We have to re-think our relationship, to make us better. “Together, we will be even stronger to answer to the challenges of the mission of the Church”.