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.
International organizations urged to help journalists persecuted by Belarusian regime
In response to the arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich, the Media Council to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania addresses the European Broadcasting Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO regarding the dire situation of independent media in Belarus.
Ernest Alesin: “I want people not to be ashamed of their ethnicity”
On National Communities’ day, Media4Change talks to Ernest Alesin, the head of the Association of Lithuanian Media in the Languages of Ethnic Communities, which unites several media outlets in Polish, Russian and English, about the impact of ethnic media in ethnic communities.
On the International Day against Homophobia, portrayal of LGBTI+ in the Lithuanian media worsens
One-fifth of media content about the LGBTI+ community in the last six months is negative. According to 2019 and 2020 data, negative context appears usually appears in less than that – 14%. In the light of International Day Against Homophobia, we draw attention to the worsening portrayal of the community in the media.
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.
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
With the goal of collaboration, the Media4Change community unites 290 people from all around the world - journalists, experts, group representatives - who specialize in different fields, such as human rights, investigative journalism and diversity.
Over the past 3 years, our media monitoring team has analyzed more than 100,000 media items about various stigmatised groups in Lithuanian media.
We have organized 47 training sessions, in which practicing and future journalists, as well as peer-to-peer educators have developed and improved their competencies.
The public database, initiated by Media4Change and Siena journalistic centre, includes 1500 declarations of interest from politicians and high-ranking government officials, 200,000 public procurement contracts and 22,800 EU-funded projects.
We organised Lithuania’s first investigative journalism competition in 2014, with the goal of strengthening investigative journalism in the country. Since then, we have organized 4 competitions that have inspired 24 journalistic investigations.
Our full-time professionals are assisted by multinational initiative group of journalists, editors, media and human rights experts.