7. Representation, Identity and Discrimination in Journalism

This session focuses on anti-discriminatory practice in journalism and the phenomenon of media representation. 

First, the students are invited to reflect on how their own identities interrelate with the image perceived by others. This activity should raise awareness of mechanisms humans use to categorise each other. The first lecture provides context explaining the nature of discriminatory practices, while the second part of the session outlines general aspects of the phenomenon of media representation and key solutions for journalists.



The students shall
  • understand the reasons why discrimination violates human rights
  • know the basic concepts: identity, social stigma, discrimination, legitimation of social order, media representation
  • be aware of consequences of discriminatory practices in journalism
  • be able to detect and monitor media representations of a category



About 3 to 4 hours. 

A large room with ample room for group work, large sheets of paper, pen and paper, post-it block and coloured paper.

Two lectures. One lecture on the theoretical framework of the concepts identity and discrimination (30-40 minutes) and a second lecture on media representations (15-20 minutes).


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Anna Smolyarova, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications St. Petersburg State University (Russia)

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Email : post@journalism-edu.org

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