The Media Diversity Institute is a London – based non – governmental organisation entirely devoted to working with the media and important stakeholders in this field in order to improve reporting on diversity issues which can cause conflict and spread prejudice and intolerance. MDI’s policy is to promote all kinds of diversity, may it be diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, gender and whatever else makes individuals or groups different from each other.
MDI aims to prevent the media from spreading prejudice, intolerance and hatred. Instead, it encourages fair, accurate, inclusive and sensitive media coverage in order to promote understanding between different groups and cultures.
MDI offers various trainings and workshops mainly focusing on ethical journalism (also called responsible reporting) covering diversity, minorities and human rights issues. They also organise conferences or roundtable debates, which bring together important media stakeholders to discuss the importance of good diversity coverage in the media. Through these types of events, MDI creates long-term partnerships with organisations and other stakeholders from different countries.
MDI’s headquarters is in London and includes a small staff team. However, all of them are devoted experts in their field. Aside from the Executive Director and the Director of Operations – who was my internship supervisor -, there is also a Development Director, a Website and Communications Manager, a Financial Expert and two Project Managers. We were only three interns in the office and our job was to help out with mainly logistics and communications.
MDI has worked with many countries, not only in Europe but also in the Middle East and North Africa, the Caribbean and Southern Asia. MDI has got other offices throughout the world such as in Morocco, Algeria and Egypt, to name a few. In order to achieve its goals, MDI collaborates with journalists, academics and students, media decision makers (owners, editors and managers) and reporters, as well as with civil society organisations specialised in diversity issues. MDI often teams up with other major organisations in order to “combine experience, knowledge and financial resources”.
MDI regularly updates its website, a portal bringing together the global media and diversity community, and allows them to share information, ideas and views. The website does not only provide us with updates on their projects and activities but also with news, events, studies, reports, articles concerning diversity issues. MDI also publishes a wide range of manuals and other resource materials. More recently, MDI has introduced a MA course on Reporting Diversity at the Westminster University in London.
1. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Introduction
2. Sharing an internship experience abroad: About Media Diversity Institute in London
3. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Multilingual aspects of MDI’s communications
4. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Tasks and learning outcomes
5. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Activities related to my MA programme
6. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Colleagues and working environment