New Roma and media website aims to help journalists share best practices
Vitor Tome presented a new project to improve reporting about Roma in Europa at the Mediane conference today. The website romeandmedia.com provides journalists and journalism students with many resources about Roma, including information about history, institutions and common stereotypes. Vitor Tome said: “Roma are the most stigmatised group in Europe. Our objective was to understand the relationship between media and roma people.”
They compiled a report about how journalists in Portugal and France approached articles about Roma, which is available on the website. Vitor Tome says the website aims to inform but it also aims to share best practice and includes a questionnaire for journalists to self-monitor the objectiveness of their reporting.
The project was born out of a conversation with Thierry Michel, whom Vitor met at the Mediane conference in Florence. The project developed through several meetings with MEDIANE and is now supported by a research centre in Lisbon.