About Diversity Media
Diversity Media connects worlds with the aim of contributing to diverse and inclusive media, organizations and education. We believe in the power of a divers and inclusive society where differences are embraced and similarities strengthened.
In our media workshops, we use the power of media to bring people together and give them insight into each other. We use interactive workshops to train the participants in journalistic skills so they can make their own media or learn to get their message across in a more attractive way. Diversity Media focusses on media education for children and young adults. We offer them a platform to showcase their own voices by teaching them interviewing, writing, filming and photographing.
We also train editors in inclusive reporting and give media training to organizations. In our advisory activities, we use the power of differences and similarities to guide organizations towards an inclusive way of working.
Contact us at email@example.com.
Zoë Papaikonomou is a research journalist and a media educator. She is the author of the book ‘Got an angry muslim for me?’ A book about inclusive journalism. She has 12 years of experience as a media professional. She started her journalism career at Amsterdam Television (AT5) after studying History and Arabic Language. At AT5 she specialized on the themes of diversity and Islam. After five years, Zoë decided to shift her career as a news reporter to become a lecturer at the Journalism department of Windesheim University in Zwolle, where she taught the subjects Interviewing and Research Journalism. Since 2016 Zoë focuses entirely on her work for Diversity Media.
For more info, check Zoë's profile on Linkedin.
'Got an angry Muslim for me?'
What does it mean for news reporting, when all journalists look alike? Which stories do we miss as an audience?
In ‘Got an angry Muslim for me?', investigative journalist Zoë Papaikonomou and organizational anthropologist Annebregt Dijkman examine why Dutch news media still fail to become more cultural diverse, both in editorial staff and in their way of working. Together with more than 60 journalists, opinion makers and experts, the authors examine the editorial culture and journalistic mechanisms that work against diversity. They describe their experiences on the editorial floor and share their ideas on making journalism more inclusive. It is the first time that this many Dutch journalists have spoken publicly about their experiences working in news media.
- Amsterdam University Press, 2018 -
You can read a summary of 'Got an angry Muslim for me?' on the site of the Ethical Journalism Network.
Media Workshops & Training | Research & Quick Scan
Our children are growing up in a digital society. We know they spend hours a day on their tablet / smartphone / laptop. This means that they are often confronted with news at a young age. Especially for children with a bicultural background, this means a continuous stream of negative self-imagery.
For three years, Zoë Papaikonomou has been developing media workshops. These workshops aim to give children and youngsters a voice. Zoë teaches them how to interview, write and film. The results are showcased on blogs and vlogs, but also in neighbourhood newspapers and on the radio.
The Dutch media landscape is a diverse one in terms of focus, style and medium, but not in terms of culture. News and in-depth stories are created by predominantly homogeneous newsrooms. Although editors try to think creatively, in pratice that appears to be difficult. Their own background frames the way they tell stories. The multicultural society is often a news topic, but never considered as the target audience.
In the Diversity Media workshops trainer Zoë Papaikonomou familiarizes the participants with the Dutch media landscape. She shows how media work and what journalists need to approach a topic. Using examples and practical exercises Zoë imparts knowledge of the journalistic profession, which can be put into practice immediately.
Research & Quick scan
In our diverse society a growing amount of organizations wants to become more divers and inclusive. They realize this is necessary if they want to remain innovative and creative and stay in touch with society. But how do you make this desire to become diverse and inclusive a reality?
Owner of Diversity Media, Zoë Papaikonomou, has been researching diversity and inclusion for over ten years. Together with organizational anthropologist Annebregt Dijkman she wrote ‘Got an angry Muslim for me?' (Amsterdam University Press 2018) about the role of editorial culture in the lack of diversity in media. This constructive, journalistic research resulted in a step-by-step plan for an inclusive organization. From these seven steps Zoë Papaikonomou performs quick scans aimed at the different departments of an organization with the aim of making an inclusive way of working a structural part of the organization.