Stop the bias before it starts: five perceptions to check

Freelance journalist Seblewongel Tariku, in a story entitled “Comparative Iraqi and Ukrainian refugees’ media coverage in Finland,” explores perspectives and media coverage of two different sets of refugees: those from Iraq and those from Ukraine. She finds, for many different reasons, both public perception and media coverage of refugees may become unfairly skewed. As we welcome refugees in our home… Read more »

WACC Communications Intern gains skills in communication for social justice

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23 Sep 2022 WACC Communications Intern gains skills in communication for social justice Posted at 09:56h in News by Terri R. Miller Angela Liu (she/they) leaves her summer internship with WACC with valuable skills and knowledge for her future career path. During her eight weeks as a Communication Intern at WACC’s Toronto office, the undergraduate student in Peace, Conflict and… Read more »

Are you sharing stories about migrants and refugees? Ask yourself these five questions

If you’re a “citizen journalist” trying to tell the story of migrants and refugees, take time for some basic training before you begin. The following five questions are based on a report by Johnny Fisher, a writer for the organization Amplifying Voices. His full findings—and training materials—are available here. Are you sharing a legal context? If the phrase “legal context”… Read more »

WACC appoints Terri R. Miller as communications coordinator

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21 Sep 2022 WACC appoints Terri R. Miller as communications coordinator Posted at 12:30h in News by Saskia Rowley The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Terri R. Miller, a communications specialist, editor, and writer from Sudbury (ON), Canada, as its communications coordinator. As WACC’s communications coordinator, Miller is tasked with strengthening WACC’s… Read more »

Real people against hate

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19 Sep 2022 Real people against hate Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Pursuit of profit and social media algorithms foster and elevate hate into the mainstream. In yet one more example, misogynistic and violent messages made by influencer Andrew Tate, recently banned from social media platforms, were viewed billions of times on TikTok alone. His rise on… Read more »

Doing business as a refugee isn’t always easy—but South African entrepreneur keeps realizing her dreams

Angelique Kanjirembo has a lot going for her. She’s a business owner. An entrepreneur. A traditional healer. She’s also a refugee. Entrepreneurs across the world appreciate the difficulties of starting and running a business, particularly amid today’s global challenges. But Kanjirembo’s story is even deeper. Kanjirembo, originally from Burundi, has resided in South Africa since she was six years old…. Read more »

It’s back-to-school time—what does that mean if you’re a refugee?

Meet the students of UNICORE—and hear about their hopes and dreams. UNICORE, which stands for UNiversity COrridors for REfugees, is a program promoted by Italian universities, with the support of UNHCR, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese, Centro Astalli, and other partners.  It aims to increase opportunities for refugees currently residing in refugee… Read more »

WACC introduces gender-based media monitoring to WCC participants

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Participants at the 11th World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly were introduced on September 7 to participatory media monitoring tools that they can use to design advocacy actions to help advance a gender-just and equal media environment during a workshop led by WACC leaders. WACC North America President Glory Dharmaraj, WACC Deputy General Secretary Sara Speicher, and WACC Program Manager… Read more »

Why the new Chilean Constitution matters for communication rights

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06 Sep 2022 Why the new Chilean Constitution matters for communication rights Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley On September 4, 2022, Chilean voters rejected a new proposed constitution that would have set the foundations for a progressive, rights-based, gender-sensitive, decolonial, and ecologically sound form of governance. Despite some gaps in terms of clarity and concerns about the… Read more »

WACC joins the Copenhagen Pledge on Tech for Democracy

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05 Sep 2022 WACC joins the Copenhagen Pledge on Tech for Democracy WACC Global is one of more than 110 countries, civil society organizations, and companies that have signed the Copenhagen Pledge on Tech for Democracy, “a commitment to make digital technologies work for, not against, democracy and human rights.” The Denmark-led initiative, which was unveiled today, September 5, underscores the… Read more »