22.09.2011 - UNESCO

UNESCO’s IPDC supports reporting diversity in Arab region

Within the framework of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), a three-day workshop on Reporting Diversity Curricula Development for 15 journalism and communication academics from MENA region starts tomorrow in Tunis, Tunisia.

The workshop, facilitated by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and organized in partnership with the Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information (IPSI) in Tunis, will bring together journalism and communication academics from Morocco, Jordan, Mauritania, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as leading international experts in the field of media and diversity to discuss the ways in which media coverage of diversity can be included in journalism education programmes. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for course development.

The event will introduce the key concepts that underpin the practice of critical, inclusive and responsible journalism. It will focus on a range of issues whose professional coverage is essential to the empowerment of civil society, intercultural understanding and dialogue, and the strengthening of democratic values. These issues include: ethnicity, religion, gender, age, people with disabilities, as well as human and civil rights.

Academic institutions can provide a forum for public debate about the media, and build links with media organizations and civil society organizations to develop curricula and foster good practices. This makes strengthening reporting diversity modules at university even more persuasive.

IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media. Through IPDC, UNESCO supports initiatives to enhance quality journalism education in the MENA region.

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