MediaAcT launched online platform Media Speak
The MediaAcT online platform www.mediaspeak.org is designed to inform European citizens, interested in media and media ethic issues. Bloggers from across Europe and the academic partners in the MediaAcT Project discussed what type of information would be useful to achieve this - Media Speak is the result of those discussions. The platform offers a database of journalistic codes of conduct from across Europe, and details of regulatory or media standards bodies in each country.
Furthermore it gives its readers a detailed list of links to academic research, watch-blogs, media blogs, journalist unions and associations, organizations dealing with ethics and accountability among others.
Find the online platform here.
Bloggers contributed to the concept of the platform
The University of West of England (UWE) organised a two-day workshop for English-speaking bloggers which took place at the end of July 2012. They invited bloggers from many different countries and with many different specialties – one person championing a bloggers Code of Conduct, online fact-checkers, watch-bloggers, the creators of crowd-sourced accountability tool Corrigo – among others. Mike Jempson, from The MediaWise Trust and Gary Herman, the Chair of the National Union of Journalists' New Media Council, prepared papers outlining options for the online platform. These were discussed throughout the second day and many other ideas emerged from the discussions about what should be included on the platform in order to engage the citizens of Europe in media accountability and transparency issues.
Bloggers who attended the two-day workshop submitted articles to the platform; mostly watch blog-types pieces, or articles about media issues. The site was presented during the final MediaAcT conference in Brussels. Links were tweeted to the site through July, the final MediaAcT report included the URL at the front page. Bloggers worked as mediators disseminating the platform on the internet.
Text: Laura Schneider-Mombaur; Screenshot: Janis Brinkmann
MediaAct News – September 11, 2013