The project You(th) Challenging Diversity: Representation of Minorities in the New Media has been developed as a space for young people to discuss and analyze the ways of objective reporting on different minorities in new media as well as how to build good multicultural practices in the media by presenting examples of cooperation and living together.
The innovative research on how minorities are portrayed in the new media was conducted in Bulgaria, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Croatia, and Greece. In a period of two months, a team of young researchers was carefully monitoring four exclusively online media per country and afterward, the research experts analyzed the outcomes. It gives a comparative insight of professional standards in the new media practices.
The findings from the research on new media and minorities were presented at four events taking place in each of the participating countries (Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia). Youth forums created the open discussions on new media, stereotyping, multicultural practices online through presentations, panel discussions and workshops of experts, media professionals, local representatives, and participants.
The fourth Youth forum, that took place on 3rd and 4th March in Skopje, Macedonia led a meaningful discussion on benefits, challenges, positive stories as well as stereotypes that new media bring in the context of diversity. Besides the participants from partners’ countries, with the assistance of the CEI Cooperation Fund, Mladiinfo International was able to bring additional 26 people to the forum. As such, fifty young people aged 18 – 35 from 14 countries of the Central and Eastern Europe in four discussion panels they were able to deliver their thoughts, research and perspectives on the matters of ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, refugee crisis, asylum seekers, with disabilities and more
- Main Panel: Youth Challenging Diversity: Representation of Minorities in the New Media (main discussion, conclusion, and comments from the media monitoring);
- Panel on Media Analysis: Are the Media Accurate in Mirroring Our Society? Positive and Negative Examples of Portraying Minorities in Online Media;
- Panel on Civic Activism and Integration: Ambiguities of Minority Integration: What Civil Society Can Do To Improve It?
- Panel on Ethnic Minorities and Diversity: Youth as Ambassadors of Tolerance: Overcoming Prejudices and Creating a Multiethnic Mosaic.
This project was organized as joined initiative between Mladiinfo International from Macedonia, Europe for Diversity, Culture, Coexistence, and Citizenship from Greece, Media Development Center from Bulgaria and Mladiinfo Croatia for Croatia.