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.
Spark to Journalism: Engaged Journalism Workshop
Is your newsroom exploring how to increase trust with the audience? Have you been implementing engaged journalism and would like to share the challenges you face and find solutions for it? Have you been looking for new ideas on how to connect with communities around you?
State Data Protection Inspectorate (SDPI) must not obstruct journalistic activity in Lithuania
Today, the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) and partner organisations have written to Director Raimondas Andrijauskas and Deputy Director Danguolė Morkūnienė of the Lithuanian State Data Protection Inspectorate (SDPI)’s to express concern at their attempted obstruction of investigative project “Karštos Pėdos” (“Hot Feet”)’s journalistic activity.
Data guards fight against transparency
Data guards threaten the journalist project “Hot Feet” with fines.
Under the pretext of personal data, relying on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is becoming an antonym for transparency, the State Data Protection Inspectorate (SDPI) continues to obstruct journalists in fulfilling their duty to protect the public interest and the public’s right to know. Now its target is the journalistic project “Hot Feet”.
Mediathon postponed due to the Omicron variant
In light of the Omicron COVID-19 variant outbreak in Lithuania and in the region, the Mediathon, an international training for the journalists, is postponed to the end of March. The organizers’ main concern is to guarantee the health of all participants and ensure a high level of attendance of journalists from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Latvia.
Future Stories: Audience’s Choice Award 2021
The Future Stories Award celebrates and recognises the achievements of investigative journalism, those that have just revealed something new and unnoticed or already shook things up. Looking for outstanding investigative works in several categories, the Future Stories Award is a unique opportunity for Lithuanian and Slovak journalists working in this field and focusing on the local stories of important but often less visible topics.
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.