Media4Change is an international movement that examine problems that are outside of the media agenda. We monitor the portrayal of the most stigmatized groups in society and aim to make good global practices a source of inspiration for decision-makers and other members of the movement. We keep the issues of human rights, investigative journalism, and media literacy on our radar.
Media4Change’s creative workshops – investigative journalism incubator
Participants of the Media4Change’s Investigative journalism competition from Lithuania and Slovakia spent 36 hours per week on understanding the principles of investigative journalism, exploring various important topics in their fields of interest, deepening analytical skills and networking with like-minded people. A workshop week full of inspiring and creative online workshops and discussions was the final element of the second stage of the Investigative journalism competition. During the sessions 15 teams from Lithuania and 9 from Slovakia improved their investigations’ plans for the final evaluation.
Sania Kerbelis: community’s image is shaped by iniatitives
Among the groups monitored by Media4Change, the Jewish community stands out as the most positively portrayed group. Sania Kerbelis, the chairman of the Šiauliai Jewish community, says that the image of the community depends on the initiatives that draw society’s attention.
Rasma Pažemeckaitė: „I am proud to be Romani“
The Roma are talked about in the media, but their voices are nowhere to be heard – 91.1% of publications about the Roma community do not feature a Roma voice. Rasma Pažemeckaitė, an active member of the Roma community, says that people are reluctant to speak – they are worried about stereotypes and stigmatization. Rasma says she used to be ashamed to admit that she is a Roma, but now she is proud of her roots and believes that only cooperation will break down the walls of mistrust in society.
First success of the Local Investigative Journalism Competition 2021
Local Investigative Journalism Competition 2021 is moving to its next phase! Media4Change and European Dialogue are delighted to see that a large number of journalists have shown interest in the Competition.
V. Kontvainė: attitudes will change when we start to see people, not their ethnicity
Research on public attitudes, conducted by the Institute for Ethnic Studies, has shown the same thing for the last 15 years: the Roma are the most disadvantaged group in society. Vita Kontvainė, a researcher at the Institute, notes that the Roma community is small, with about 2,000 members, so very often knowledge about the Roma is based on rumors and the media.
We monitor and analyse the way the most stigmatised groups in Lithuania are portrayed in the media and, using collected data, share tendencies and report detected cases of human rights violations.
Media4Change raises media and information literacy among both public and media makers through learning opportunities, engaging educational media production, and awareness-raising campaigns.
Learning Activities for Media Makers
We empower media makers to produce high-quality professional media, in particular by increasing their up-to-date competencies and fostering their social responsibility.
Our Efficiency Indicators
Our full-time professionals are assisted by multinational initiative group of journalists, editors, media and human rights experts.