2009-2012: COLORFUL BUT COLORBLIND: ROMA BEYOND STEREOTYPES

Written by Център за развитие на медиите. Posted in Projects

Colorful but Colorblind is a learning-by-doing project for journalists aimed at promoting the creative use of multimedia in reporting minority issues.

The project is implemented by Transitions (www.tol.org), a Prague-based media development organization, in cooperation with the Center for Independent Journalism in Hungary, the Center for Independent Journalism in Romania, the Media Development Center in Bulgaria, and MEMO 98 in Slovakia—will focus on remedying anti-Roma stereotyping through the media in the five target countries and internationally.

This project provided 50 journalists, ten from each target country (half Roma, half from the country’s majority group), with training in using multimedia to report on minority issues. The participants attended an intensive week-long training workshop conducted by top international trainers. They then were divided into groups – each comprising one Roma journalist, one majority community journalist, and a trainer – to go on a week-long reporting assignment to cover a story of common interest. The participants produced the stories as multimedia packages under the guidance of trainers. The packages and their components were disseminated widely through the project’s own portal and the websites of the partner organizations, as well as traditional media outlets in the target countries.

The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme