DW host is a UN ambassador for women’s rights
Jaafar Abdul Karim, host of DW’s Shabab Talk, uses the program as a platform for sharing ideas and changing minds. A recurring theme on the show is women’s rights and Karim is the right person to shed light on the issue– he was recently named as an ambassador for UN Women. He is also an active supporter of HeForShe, an international solidarity movement for gender equality that emphasizes the role of men in ensuring equal rights for women. In November Karim will be hosting an event in Bonn organized by HeForShe’s German branch.
Karim’s appointment as a UN Women ambassador also made waves in Arabic media. “It signals that it isn’t yet exepected for men to stand up for equal rights,” he says. “There are a lot of men in Arabic countries who do not support equal rights between men and women and even some who think it is wrong.” He says that especially in Arabic countries, there is very little media coverage devoted to important social issues like equal rights for women.
Shabab Talk gives young people from the Arab World a place where they can share ideas and DW sets an international stage for Karim where important issues can be discussed and brought out of the dark. “I think it is important that we at DW provide a voice for equal rights and a platform where everyone can discuss their lives,” he says.
Date2014-10-24 | 8:11
Open a door to your future with DW
DW Akademie is staying ahead of the learning curve and has designed a new trainee program that opens a door of opportunity for a talented group of young and international media professionals. DW’s new international traineeship uses a multilingual and multimedia-oriented approach with televison, radio and online, providing graduates with the skills they need to succeed in today’s global media landscape.
Admission is competitive and if selected, you will be part of a distinctive learning community among international colleagues who will share your passion for media and world-class training in journalism. You will also be exposed to a broad spectrum of disciplines and professional backgrounds while expanding your horizons in a stimulating, internationally diverse atmosphere.
A traineeship with DW is also about being active and putting practice first. Trainees have the resources of Germany’s international broadcaster at their fingertips and will get the opportunity to work with DW’s editorial departments in Bonn and Berlin as well as internships abroad with DW’s foreign bureaus in Moscow, Brussels or Washington D.C.
This year 12 candidates will be accepted into the 18-month program. Think you have what it takes? Applications are now being accepted and the deadline is October 31. You can also put yourself to the test right now and try out the general knowledge quiz used for candidates in 2013.
Date2014-09-22 | 12:51
A real life game of thrones
DW has been online for 20 years and was the first German public broadcaster to venture into the unknown world of the Internet in 1994. The world has indeed changed a lot since then – not necessarily with the level of conflict or the importance of accurate news reporting, but definitely with how people communicate and consume information.
We wanted to commemorate this anniversary by showing how DW has evolved into a leading global online information provider, covering the complexity and diversity of global issues. For the tenth anniversary, DW created a website in the Klingon language from Star Trek. For the twentieth anniversary we once again looked to the world of popular fantasy and we didn’t need to look much farther than the Game of Thrones – the hugely-popular TV series that has captured the imagination of millions with intriguing stories that create an intricately detailed history.
Just like the stories that fill DW’s 30 homepages everyday, the world of Game of Thrones is full of complexity, conflict and intrigue. We applied our high standard of journalism to explaining and clarifying these issues and created a news website that covers the all the important events and personalities of Westeros.
The world of Westeros can be hard to understand all at once– weather it is turbulent financial markets, continual threats of invasion or mysterious celebrities. Using a clever and somewhat satirical approach, DW covers the news of this fantastical world, just like we do with the issues and struggles in the real world.
DW will continue to report the news from extraordinary places and make a complex world easier to understand. There is no limit to where the next ten years could take us.
Date2014-09-18 | 2:50
The fight for freedom of opinion
DW makes education a priority – in all respects. Our DW Akademie has been trusted with the task of providing training to media professionals worldwide – especially in countries or areas where this proves to be difficult. DW Akademie is publishing as well – with research and reports dealing with the most pressing media issues. The first of a new series is online now: Media Freedom Indices. What They Tell Us – And What They Don’t.
Every year organizations such as Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House publish their respective press freedom rankings. They usually cause an outcry, especially from countries low on the list. While politicians hotly defend their media policies, opposition parties and NGOs seize the opportunity to criticize the government’s approach.
Media researcher Laura Schneider uses data as well as interviews with experts to examine the methodology used in each of the five best known press freedom indices. She takes a closer look at the organizations doing the ranking as well as how they conduct their respective ratings. Schneider also investigates the advantages and disadvantages of each index and points to aspects which could be improved.While press freedom rankings determine national and international media policies, it is not always clear as to how objective these rankings really are.
Schneider’s biggest criticism is that the ratings aren’t objective, often being carried out by a handful of academics or media experts who are mostly from western countries. This inevitably results in a bias, especially as the majority of the ranking organizations fail to state their exact definition of media freedom.
Download the report here.
Date2014-07-18 | 12:41
Tagsfreedom of opinion, freedom of the press, Laura Schneider, Media Index, Media Indices, Reporters Without Borders
Market roundup: July 2014
News and information from DW Portuguese for Brazil is now being featured on UOL (Universo Online SA), Brazil’s largest online portal and the world’s largest Portuguese-language news and information platform. After a recent cooperation agreement, UOL will now include a full-text DW feed on the website. The cooperation has the potential to greatly increase DW’s online audience – UOL boasts 29,8 million unique visitors and 4,2 billion page views every month along with 4.1 million Facebook fans.
DW news content in six languages for Africa will soon be able to reach a potential 900,000 users via BiNu– an application that allows low-tech or “feature phones” to have quick and easy access to the Internet. Target regions include Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and especially, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
CTH, the Thai television provider and DW broadcasting partner, has increased its range of service and is now broadcasting via the Vinasat 2 satellite. The expansion will deliver CTH’s international programming package, which includes the English-language channel, DW, to 10,000 additional subscribers along with the millions of current cable subscribers. CTH is also planning to start a DVB-T service later this year which could reach a potential of one million new customers. DW has been carried on CTH’s digital cable network since July 2013.
The Taiwanese online news and information portal, Commonwealth, will now be including full-text DW content in Chinese. It is the first such cooperation outside of mainland China and will include reports from business, the environment, sports and education.
T24, the Turkish online news portal, is a new DW partner and will now be prominently placing full-text Turkish language articles from DW on the website. T24 is renowned for independent and quality journalism in an increasingly draconian Turkish media landscape, having won an award from the Turkish Journalists Society in 2010. It is one of the most-quoted online sources in Turkish media and features content from more than 30 prominent authors and journalists.
Date2014-07-07 | 1:07
TagsBiNu, Commonwealth, CTH, DW, DW Chinese, DW Portuguese for Brazil, DW Turkish, HCA TV, Inside DW, MyDW, T24, UOL