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10th Anniversary of the Mediterranean Journalist Awards calls for investment in a next generation of cross-cultural reporters

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 16:56 -- Haitham Samy

The landmark event gathered 50+ award-winning journalists from the MENA region and Europe, international media experts and institutional representatives in Brussels to coordinate efforts to define a next chapter of cross-cultural reporting

Brussels, 6 December 2017 – The 10th Anniversary of the Mediterranean Journalist Awards of the Anna Lindh Foundation took place at the European Parliament in Brussels and provided an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learnt and examine challenges and priorities for an effective investment in a next generation of cross-cultural reporters. Leading journalists, media practitioners and youth leaders from across the region gathered at a Media Forum ahead of the International Bestowing Ceremony of the Awards to share strategic thinking on how to define a next era of programming in the critical domain of media and intercultural relations.

The 50+ international delegates representing leading media outlets from across the region defined key priorities for the Anna Lindh Foundation and partners to support a new era of communicating across cultures to move beyond headlines of a "clash of civilizations". Priorities included: (i) embedding cross-cultural and peace-building training in media education; (ii) supporting media mentoring schemes between young and experienced journalists; (iii) providing intercultural trends analysis and resource networks to journalists; and (iv) leveraging existing youth networks as resource platforms for new, alternative narratives.

At the Opening of the Media Forum, HRH Princess Rym Ali of Jordan, founder of the Jordan Media Institute and Chair of the 2017 Mediterranean Journalist Awards, called for proper cross-cultural training for journalists, contributing to excellence in journalism that promotes intercultural dialogue. Élisabeth Guigou, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, said: "Media is a crucial sector for the Foundation and is embedded in our programming as a central pillar. Media are key stakeholders in informing the public about cross-cultural issues and play a leading role in opening up spaces for alternative narratives."

Supported by the European Commission, Mediterranean Journalist Awards is the longest running programme of the Anna Lindh Foundation. The landmark event took place on the eve of the new multi-annual programme of the Anna Lindh Foundation that has, from 2018, “Media and Intercultural Trends” adopted as a central pillar.