description of activity

Play the 1m 15s of this video in your language: https://newsroom.consilium.europa.eu/events/migration-crisis-the-inside-story.

Discuss what elements are being used in the segment and to what effect (images, editing, effects, music, who are at the centre of the images…).

Play 3m of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNPAeA5u138 Published on Aug 7, 2015 (this should be played as a video) or a similar video in your preferred language

Discuss what elements are being used in the segment and to what effect (images, editing, effects, music, who are at the centre of the images…).

Discuss on how the message is constructed in media around specific issues, 

  • questions around migration feature in the crime pages of newspapers creating an unconscious association between migrants and crime.
  • Do media victimise the victims by the way stories are being told?
  • Is it the role of media to entertain or to challenge the audience?
  • How can we tell these stories in a different way?

Some unfortunate approaches:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/daily-mail-legs-front-page-theresa-may-nicola-sturgeon-ipso-complaint-green-party-amela-womack-a7653726.html

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ASSESSING THE LEARNING OUTCOMES

Ask the participants to rewrite or retold one of the stories following best practice guidelines. Also, observe the discussion around the topics: do the participants get it?

Do they use appropriate terminology?

Has the context and the representation of the individual changed?

Do participants find that retelling the story in a different way requires extra effort? If so, why?

information on the activity

This activity is about listening to examples of different programme features and exploring the structure, content, presentation style, etc, and how this different elements interact to create a specific message.

Participants will understand

The use of strategies to avoid stereotypes and misrepresentation in reporting and communicating in the media.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Blackboard/whiteboard

EQUIPMENT 

Video or audio playback equipment

MATERIALS

Pen and paper

DURATION

60 min max

RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

10-12

TIPS FOR TRAINERS 

This activity relies on a facilitated discussion around specific examples. Preparation for this activity will involved finding relevant videos or audios. The examples included here are focused on migration, but can be adapted to other groups by choosing other audios or videos.