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Global Media Monitoring Project takes place amidst Covid-19 pandemic

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30 Sep Global Media Monitoring Project takes place amidst Covid-19 pandemic Toronto — The Covid-19 pandemic did not put a damper on the 2020 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), Tuesday, Sept. 29, attracting thousands of volunteers from 145 countries worldwide. GMMP 2020 is the sixth in a series of extensive gender and media monitoring studies conducted every five years since 1995 by… Read more »

WACC to host session at ‘Displacement and Dialogue’ virtual conference

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29 Sep WACC to host session at ‘Displacement and Dialogue’ virtual conference WACC Global will be hosting a session on Enabling migrants to be seen and heard in host communities, Friday, October 16, 3-4 p.m. (CEST), as part of a virtual conference on “Displacement and Dialogue,” organized by DW Akademie. Click here to register for the WACC session or the… Read more »

Public interest journalism meets the needs of citizens of a democratic community

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28 Sep Public interest journalism meets the needs of citizens of a democratic community Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Journalism that serves the public interest acknowledges that citizens are able to comprehend the policies and decisions that affect them. They are capable of applying their experience and values to arguments presented to them and of acting in… Read more »

The charitable benefit of public interest journalism

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27 Sep The charitable benefit of public interest journalism With billions of advertising revenue moving from news agencies to Facebook, Google, and other online platforms, the crisis question for media diversity is how to find new ways to support diverse journalism. WACC has long advocated accountable independent journalism and responsible citizen journalism as alternative ways of bringing important matters to… Read more »

‘We must counter hate speech against migrants and refugees’

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‘We must counter hate speech against migrants and refugees’ Thirteen global and regional religious organizations and church-backed groups, including the European Region of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC Europe), have urged the European Union to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to more than 12,000 refugees and migrants displaced by the Lesbos migrant camp fire, and to offer “long-term structural… Read more »

Instagram – the opium of the people

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21 Sep Instagram – the opium of the people Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Once used mainly by teens and young millennials, Instagram continues to grow as one of the most popular social media platforms. As of June 2018, Instagram had reached one billion monthly active users. More than 500 million use the platform daily. Two years… Read more »

Statement by WACC’s General Secretary on International Day of Peace, September 21

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20 Sep Statement by WACC’s General Secretary on International Day of Peace, September 21 Learning to respect and trust If peace is a measure of a society’s ability to absorb shocks without falling or relapsing into conflict, then it must be based on trust, equality, and respect for human dignity. Covid-19 has clearly set obstacles in the path of peace…. Read more »

Colombia sees increase in xenophobia against migrants

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15 Sep Colombia sees increase in xenophobia against migrants Months-long Covid-19 lockdowns in Colombia have resulted in “an increase in xenophobia and rejection of the migrant,” according to WACC Global partners who are providing Venezuelan migrants and host communities with access to relevant information and communication platforms.  It is crucial now more than ever, to raise awareness about the plight of migrants and to provide them with… Read more »

In memoriam: William F. Fore (1928-2020)

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15 Sep In memoriam: William F. Fore (1928-2020) William F. Fore, who has died aged 92, was President of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) from 1982 to 1990.  Graduating from Occidental College, he received his BD degree from Yale University Divinity School and in 1971 a PhD from Columbia University and Union Theological School.  Fore was ordained in the United Methodist Church… Read more »

Challenging voter manipulation in the US elections

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14 Sep Challenging voter manipulation in the US elections Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Free Press and four allies have filed a lawsuit (27 August 2020) challenging an order against social media companies. The US District Court, Northern District of California, will hear a complaint against President Trump’s “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship”, which targets online… Read more »