From words to action
Since the beginning of Media4change program in 2011 we have implemented more than 10 different projects in the area of media and human rights. Our good practises and recommendations have reached a wide audience, that includes community members: aspiring journalists and experienced media professionals, human rights and media experts, representatives of social vulnerable groups, as well as international project participants. Within our projects we strengthen investigative journalism, support ethical reporting and build media and information literacy skills.
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.
We develop methodologies for ethical representation, reactions to violations of portrayal of stigmatized groups in the media, and guidelines that respond to the ethical dilemmas of journalists.
Media for Citizens Story Lab
Media for Citizens Story Lab project seeks to empower professional and citizen media makers to connect with their audience, and together shed light on socially important topics and possible solutions in responsible way. As well as facilitate involvement of audience in media production and discussions on relevant topics with journalists, media representatives, experts, and policy makers in order to make proposals on solutions to societal challenges in Europe. The aim of the project is to establish and sustain a network facilitating citizen and engaged journalism in Europe.
Collaborative & Engaging Critical Thinking Lab
“Collaborative & Engaging Critical Thinking Lab” will strengthen human rights-respecting public discourse through the first platform for engaged journalism in Lithuania, uniting all stakeholders (human rights experts, journalists and the members of the most stigmatised groups) in a virtual community. The result – over 40 engaging multimedia stories about human rights, which will be disseminated through the mainstream media.
Participation in European Observatory of Online Hate
The European Observatory of Online Hate is a project supported by the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme Call: REC-AG-2020 awarded by DG Justice. Textgain together with Dare To Be Grey, Hogeschool Utrecht and PCDS will undertake a two-year investigation into and reporting on the fundamental nature of the dynamics of online hate, how hate manifests itself, the connections between the perpetrators and their influence as well as disinformation strategies.
Digital MIL Lab in Youth Work
The main aim of this project is to integrate innovative distance learning courses into the media and information literacy (MIL) formal and non-formal education, and help different stakeholders to strengthen society’s MIL skills and competences. This includes skills in information verification, content analysis, debunking misinformation, and critical thinking.
Tautinių mažumų departamento projektas
Stebime žiniasklaidą ir tiriame, kaip labiausiai stigmatizuojamos grupės Lietuvoje yra vaizduojamos žiniasklaidoje. Pristatydami surinktus išanalizuotus duomenis visuomenei, atskleidžiame vyraujančias žurnalistikos tendencijas, o apie užfiksuotus žmogaus teisių pažeidimo atvejus pranešame atsakingoms institucijoms.
Future Story Lab
The Future Story Lab is a platform driven by an aim to support high-quality production, independence, continuous development, social responsibility, and an audience engagement in investigative journalism and media as a whole, especially at a local level.