Promoting Intercultural exchange: The Media 4 Us Perspectives Project
A journalism project based in Brussels aims to educate the public about immigrants and migration and raise awareness of cultural diversity. Media 4 Us recruited several young writers, originally from outside the EU but who were living in Brussels.
Many came from French-speaking African regions and received training in journalism as well as writing in English.
The website Perspectivés Media covers a broad range of topics including politics, social questions, culture and health. A series of articles were published in Metro, a free newspaper distributed in Belgium. The organisation bought space in the paper to extend the reach of the project.
The director of the project, Paul de Theux, says he doesn’t want to sell these articles: “It has an inclusive educational goal, it’s more a question of social themes rather than professional journalism.”
The project was initially funded by the EU but now carries on through funding by the francophone community in Belgium.