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LIVE: Towards inclusive journalism training

The MEDIANE London Encounter is now in its final day, and the last session will focus on bringing together ideas from show & tells and group work to build common guidelines on inclusive journalism training. Reynald Blion and Diane Kemp will facilitate this talk, which will be followed by conclusions and next steps for MEDIANE with:

  • Reynald Blion, Media & Diversity and MEDIANE Programme Manager, CoE
  • Paul De Theux, Director, Media Animation
  • Anna McKane, Consultant, EJTA – European Journalism Training Association
  • Prof. George Brock, Head of Journalism, City University London

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Testing the MEDIANE Box

The MEDIANE Box is an action oriented online tool that monitors practices in relation to diversity inclusiveness, and aims to support development through specific recommendations on a case by case basis.

The tool is aimed at media managers, journalists, and media trainers, and provides relevant indicators for self-monitoring.

Participants at the MEDIANE London Encounter got the chance to test a version of the MEDIANE Box designed for journalism trainers after an introductory session lead by Dr. Myria Georgiou from the London School of Economics.

The MEDIANE Box has four main interfaces: employment and work practices, content development, ethics and journalism practice, and strategies for development.

Dr. Georgiou explains how the tool works:

Participants were asked to test the MEDIANE Box and assess how user friendly it is, whether the questions it asks make sense, and if there is anything missing.

The impact the tool will have on its users depends on the way journalists and media trainers will engage with it. Dr. Georgiou explains:

How did you find it? Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #mediane_uk.

AS IT HAPPENED: Mary Honeyball MEP gives a European perspective

Labour MEP Mary Honeyball gave MEDIANE a European take on media diversity inclusiveness and gender issues. Her talk included marginalised groups but focused on gender issues.

Video Interview: Mary Honeyball MEP talks media inclusiveness and gender issues

17:37: Honeyball says women are still “very marginalised” within the media. She has come straight from Brussels to City University London, and says she’s very pleased that there are now more Labour MEPs than men, “the first time we’ve managed to achieve that”. She says he is a great believer in quotas. She gives Sweden as an example of a country that manages to have a parliament that is half women. Honeyball says even Sweden would be struggling without quotas. How are we going to tackle the problem?

17:41: “It’s absolutely appalling” that representation of women in the media is even worse than in politics. There’s an illusion that there are more women in the media than there actually are.

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Video Interview: Mukti Jain Campion talks curiosity

Mukti Jain Campion, founder of Culture Wise, talks about the role of curiosity in news gathering and how she incorporates these ideas into her work as a programme maker.

To read more about why Campion believes curiosity is more important than tick-box style targets when addressing diversity in the media, click here to get to our previous report.


Video Interview: Szilvia Suri, Roma Press Centre

Szilvia Suri speaks about her work with the Roma Press Centre in Hungary during the second day of the MEDIANE London Encounter.

Mukti Jain Campion: Journalism needs curiosity to be more inclusive

Journalism needs more curiosity rather than a tick-box approach to diversity in the media, said Mukti Jain Campion, founder of Culture Wise.

Speaking at the start of the second day of the MEDIANE London Encounter, Campion said journalists have to start with the story itself and engage with people at that very basic level.

“We are very bad at that”, said Campion, “we are trained by the media we grew up with to go for the most extreme.” She told the audience it’s important to think about the stories they decide to put out there, about how they are chosen and what they reflect. Read the rest of this entry

AS IT HAPPENED: Women on air in the United Kingdom

Lis Howell, director of broadcasting at City University London, speaks about women on air in the United Kingdom, from research to campaigning towards diversity inclusiveness in journalism training.



17:40: Howell says her research has made her so angry “there had been times where I’ve wanted to throw my porridge at the radio in the morning”. At the five flagship news programmes in the UK, male experts outnumber women four to one.

 17:44: Howell says most men on the news are experts and most women aren’t. Even if you have many women on the news, they are the ones “crying”. Men also speak first, and they speak longer. In politics, for every 10 male experts there is only one woman.

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AS IT HAPPENED: Journalism training and diversity inclusiveness

The first panel discussion at the MEDIANE London Thematic Encounter deals with journalism training and diversity inclusiveness. The panel is facilitated by Reynald Blion, Media & Diversity and MEDIANE Programme Manager at the Council of Europe.

Panel members:

  • Nico DROK Professor, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences – The Netherlands – The EJTA Tartu Declaration and its Diversity Inclusiveness;
  • Pascale COLISSON, Postgraduate Studies & Diversity Manager, IPJ – Institut Pratique du Journalisme – France – A Journalism School running after the French Diversity Label;
  • Diane KEMP, Professor, BCU School of Media & Deputy Chair, BJTC, Broadcast Journalism Training Council – United Kingdom – Possible initiatives between broadcasters & training centres for diversity inclusiveness.

14:46: Nico Drok starts off the panel with a presentation about the EJTA Tartu Declaration and its Diversity Inclusiveness. He says EJTA was founded because people thought we can’t have a “unified democratic Europe” without education.

14:49: Speed has become part of the system and of professional cultures, says Drok. If you see people running, most of the time they will be journalists. Speed is part of the culture, but stereotyping also is, and there is a link between the two.

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