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The Migrants in the Spotlight project, funded primarily by the European Commission, aims to contribute to improved understanding, awareness and reporting on migration issues, third country nationals, integration and related topics among media and students of journalism, including immigrants themselves, in order to facilitate more effective and accurate reporting on migration issues in Hungary, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia.

Main project activities:

  • Twelve training seminars (two in each participating country) targeting media professionals, both from domestic media dealing with migration as well as members of the immigrants’ media channels, and journalism students
  • An international conference, titled “Promoting Migrant Integration through Media and Intercultural Dialogue”, will be organized from 17 to 18 May, 2011 in Budapest within the framework of Hungarian EU Presidency, with participation of media professionals, media associations, NGOs involved in migration issues, migrant organizations, policymakers and migrants themselves from all participating countries and relevant stakeholders at the EU level. The aim of the conference is to discuss and analyze current practices in media reporting on migration in Europe and put forward recommendations on how media can better portray diversity in the EU and make its own contribution to better integration.
  • An international competition is organized for students of media and social sciences from the participating countries, for the best article and documentary on a migration-related issue. The award-winning works will be presented at the Budapest conference with the winners invited to attend. In addition, the winning work will be promoted through IOM and project partner publications and websites and highlighted in local media.
  • IOM and each project partner will host three-month internships for entry level professionals or students of journalism/social studies/political science, etc., who are immigrants or come from a family of immigrants.

The project commenced on 1 November 2010 and it will be implemented throughout 14 months.

The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is the Hungarian partner of the project. CIJ takes part in all activities of the project, and also hosts two interns in 2011.

The first intern is Maria Kiseleva (Lopatto), an entry level professional in journalism from Russia. She started working at CIJ on 1 May, 2011. Another intern will be involved into project in September.

All the news on the project and CIJ’s involvement will appear on this website and at the official project website http://www.mits-eu.org/