Launch of a new project to advance gender equality in media industries


A multidisciplinary European consortium comprising the Universities of Newcastle (UK), Padova (Italy) and Gothenburg (Sweden), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) has just been awarded a grant by the European Commission’s Directorate –General for Justice and Consumers to develop an action project to advance gender equality in media industries.

The project will bring journalism, media and communication students together with media professionals so as to foster a gender equality perspective within both journalism and media education and professional journalism practice, and bridge the transition between education and employment.

The project team will design a web platform which will become the go-to resource for individuals and organisations interested in promoting gender equality which will include: a resources bank of existing materials on the topic such as guidelines, toolkits, reports, analyses; examples of good practice from a variety of media organisations; original, co-created teaching and learning materials including video clips, interviews and activities; and digital tools including a mobile app.

An important aspect of the project is the relationship between education and employment, between students and practitioners and there are several opportunities to foster that relationship including internships, training events and a summer school. The project runs from February 2017 to July 2019.  Once the project website has been developed, we will provide updates on progress and send invitations to get involved. 

The kick-off meeting took place on 27-28 February and 1st March in Newcastle.

Photo credit: PM/EFJ