The MAGIC project started this week the training of communication students on reporting diversity with two workshops at the Sant-Louis University and Vrije Universiteit in Brussels.
Representatives of the MAGIC consortium Roxane Biedermann (Project Manager at Media Diversity Institute) and Layla Azzouzi (Advocacy Officer at Collectif pour l’Inclusion et contre l’Islamophobie en Belgique) took part in the workshops attended by up to 45 students coming from a variety of backgrounds that contribute to enrich the debates. They both presented the MAGIC project and the important role CSOs play in changing media narratives.
Shada Islam, the editor of the EUObserver magazine and trainer of the sessions, offered background information about Islam in Europe and in the world and tackled Islamophobia in media narratives. Intersectionality, the lack of newsroom diversity, double standards, bias, and prejudice were some of the issues that she brought up before providing practical tips and recommendations on how to cover Muslim women, based on the “Report Diversity! Guidelines” produced as part of the MAGIC project.