Media and Diversity

Public media is a crucial factor for enabling pluralism and inter-cultural dialogue, for increasing the levels of tolerance towards and understanding of diversity, and for encouraging inter-community cooperation. In the same time, media could become a tool for manipulation, for increasing the levels of distrust and xenophobia, for challenging societal achievements and the peaceful coexistence within a multicultural society.  Therefore, by examining the structural and cognitive projection of diversity in media, the research aims at identifying and reflecting upon successful practices of and challenges to social cohesion within plural cultural societies.

The research aims at addressing the intercultural dialogue as projected through media. The focus of the project currently falls on Europe (CoE/OSCE states).

With the assumption that a dialogue needs two active parties, the project has two focal points:

  • the official (majority) public media and their approach to diversity (and the relations with the minorities)
  • the minority media outlets and their approach to diversity (and the relations with the majority)

During the first stage, the project aims at mapping:

  • National public (majority) media – the most influential opinion makers in the respective country
  • Minority media outlets – active in the respective country
  • Major events in the majority-minority relations (timeframe 1990 – 2014)

In its second phase, the research will address:

  • The perspectives on diversity as projected by the majority media
  • The perspectives on diversity as projected by minority media

Since not all media outlets have online versions and some of the research activities require work in public libraries or archives, in March 2014 ECMI launched a non-resident “Diversity and Media” internship programme. Out of the number of applicants who volunteered to support the research programme, ECMI has offered a place in the internship programme to the following young researchers:

1.      Antoniya Stoycheva, Bulgaria

2.      Iulia Alina Dumitru, Romania

3.      Sara Ozogul, Germany

4.      Ana Kedves, Croatia

5.      Ioana Rosioru, Romania

6.      Artemis Photiadou, United Kingdom

7.      Sarah Spinella,   Italy

8.      Sara Sousa, Portugal

9.      Joanna Harlos, Poland

10.   Martina Fraternali, Italy

11.   Ivana Stanojev, Serbia

12.   Martina Ambrosini,  Italy

13.   Mileta   Zvjezdana, Kosovo

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State