‘Diversity Inclusiveness in Media’ with Juliet Jacques

Juliet Jacques, freelance writer at The Guardian, discusses the barriers  that the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community still faces in the media world. In this short clip, Juliet mentions how diversity inclusiveness could help form a more integrated community and welcome a larger variety of points of view. Watch the video to learn more!


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.


Inger K. Larsen – why do people become homeless?

As part of this mornings break out sessions, Inger K. Larsen, Associate Professor in TV journalism, Danish School of Media and Journalism, Århus, Denmark, spoke about a film her students made about issues around homelessness and inclusion in society.



Professor Larsen also showed a film tackling the issue of HIV and young people.

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.

Pascale Colisson: How to teach ‘inclusiveness’

Pascale Colisson, Diversity Manager at the Institute Pratique du Journalisme (IPJ) spoke today about how her

Pascale Colisson, Postgraduate Studies & Diversity Manager, IPJ .

Pascale Colisson, Postgraduate Studies & Diversity Manager, IPJ .

journalism school, which harnesses the French Diversity Label, teaches students to be culturally aware.

She described how she starts off with a module about stereotypes including where they come from and how they compare to reality. She said it’s important to be aware of prejudice: “It’s normal to have stereotypes, everyone has them, including myself.”

She also includes exercises in which students have to change around an article written about a female politician with the same content but with the opposite gender. “It sounds completely different when a male politician talks about juggling family and work.”

Other tasks include checklists where students have to decide what is written about a female politician and if that is relevant to the article; so for example, if a female politician’s dress or make-up is mentioned in an article about a politician.

The school actively promotes cultural inclusiveness but this doesn’t mean that all students are tolerant. She described how a girl was called a “dirty arab” by her classmates and how this had to be discussed.

Even though she thinks the stereotype that young people are more tolerant is not true, she says a lot of things have become better too: young women don’t laugh at sexist jokes anymore to conform to the group dynamic and speak up more often.

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.

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.”


Vitor Tome speaking at MEDIANE

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.


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

‘What do you hope to learn?’ with Anne-Claire Orban

Mediane Day 2: What’s coming up

Welcome to day two of the Mediane Conference in London The three day conference aims to discuss diversity inclusiveness in journalism, media training and literacy. After a full afternoon yesterday we hope to bring you video interviews, live blogs, articles and a Twitter feed. Please follow our hashtag #mediane_uk and check out the rest of the site.