Europe: Minority Realities in the News
Duration: March 2013-March 2016
Regions/countries: European Union (EU) countries, with a particular focus on Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.
Minorities: Minorities in developing countries
What was this programme about?
Improve and increase the EU public’s understanding of the development issues facing minorities in developing countries.
Improve and increase the portrayal of these issues in the media.
Increase awareness among development policy-makers of the specific needs of minority and indigenous communities in developing countries.
Increase and improve media coverage of these issues in the context post-2015 development framework discussions and the ongoing European economic crisis.
Why did we deliver this programme?
Many journalists in the target EU member-states have stated that they are not confident when reporting on development issues. Journalism courses in these countries still rarely pay a great deal of attention to development – and many journalists working now were trained when courses did not pay any attention to development.
This programme provided journalists with essential skills and tools to research and produce high quality, high interest stories concerning minority and indigenous peoples and development.
- Online interactive training course for journalists covering minority and indigenous issues and topics related to reporting on these issues.
- Face-to-face training in regional media centres in the global South for journalists.
- Production of four documentary films on minority and development issues.
- An interactive online map which will present key information, case studies and statistics on the state of minority and indigenous peoples around the world.
- Media information resources, such as MRG’s global annual report State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples and briefing papers.
Who delivered this programme with us?
Minority Rights Group Europe (MRGE) is the European regional office of MRG, with the aim to promote and protect the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples across Europe and Central Asia through capacity building, international advocacy, media advocacy and networking.
Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF) works on achieving and guaranteeing equal opportunities of women and men to express themselves in all spheres of personal and public life through ensuring equal access to all resources of society.
The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is a non-profit and non-political organization with the aim of promoting ethical, fact-based journalism and independent media in Hungary.
Cracow University of Economics (CUE) is the largest school of economics in Poland, and the third biggest university in Cracow, a major Polish academic centre.
Foundation “For a Better Partnership on Journalism” organizes trainings for students from minority groups in Bulgaria.
Non-formal associate partner:
Slovak Syndicate of Journalists (SSN) is an independent trade union of journalists, bringing together employees of printed, radio, television and digital media, news agencies and independent journalists and columnists.
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Documentary films produced under this programme:
- Up the Hills; Down the Valley – a film about indigenous women living with HIV in Vietnam
- ‘Noun’ – a film about the current challenges facing Iraqi Christians
- Shaheedo Tum Kahan Ho – a film about Pakistan’s Hazara
State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples:
- 2015 report – focus on cities
- 2014 report – focus on hate speech and hate crime
- 2013 report – focus on health
- Life at the Margins: The Challenges of Multiple Discrimination
- Afro-Descendants: A Global Picture story pack
- Central African Republic on the Eve of Elections: From Crisis to Reconciliation
- Minorities, indigenous peoples and the post-2015 framework
- ‘Everything has shattered’ – rising levels of violence against Shi’a in Pakistan
- The leaves of one tree: Religious minorities in Lebanon
- ‘Suddenly we have no more power’: Oil drilling on Maya and Garifuna land in Belize
Listen to an interview with the evaluator, Teresa Hanley, summarising the results, impact, conclusions and lessons learned from the evaluation.
This evaluation looked at Minority Realities in the News, which is a primarily EU- funded project aiming to build the capacity of journalists in selected EU member states to report on and engage with minority communities in the Global South. It aimed to amplify reporting on development issues and ensure that journalist stories included minority elements. The project was implemented by three partners: Minority Rights Group International (MRGI), Minority Rights Group Europe (MRGE), and Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF). Target states for the project were EU-wide but with a particular focus on Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia. The project began in March 2013 and ran for three years. The evaluator found that “One of the major accomplishments of the project includes the creation an excellent online training course which has achieved significant results. It successfully recruited a wide range of journalists from across project countries and different media. In particular, the course built journalist awareness and skills in reporting on development and minority issues.” The project also achieved increased media coverage of development and minority issues with supported- country visits for journalists most effective in generating new stories that were printed and broadcast. These stories were appreciated by editors of media outlets for their original content and generated audience feedback. Next, the project has produced high quality films and television content which reached a range of audiences in and outside of the EU. National television journalists who were sponsored on country visits produced content quickly for home audiences. International film makers produced high quality films which in some instances promoted recognition and debate on minorities internationally. Finally, MRG and partners have created an extremely strong model for building capacity and media coverage. The evaluator found that it “provides good value for money and is appreciated by civil society organisations working with minority communities in the Global South as well as by journalists and editors in Europe”
The evaluator recommends that in the future, activities consider the following recommendations: to increase the proportion of resourcing allocated to the promotion of information resources and media products; to consider follow-up awards for course participants who have shown an ongoing commitment to report on minority issues; to build on current relationships and engage further with editors across Europe; to explore ways to show the commercial viability of international coverage and consider media formats additional to news; to work more closely with national Platforms for Development where they are active; to integrate more closely the production of resources by MRG with the course such as by promoting their use by course participants (past and future); and to build ways to collect data on film screenings and the numbers reached through journalist outputs.
Read the full evaluation report.
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