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Media Interventions in Racialized Communities by Mind Map: Media Interventions in Racialized
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Media Interventions in Racialized Communities

Racialized News

Two weeks after asylum denied, September 11 happened,scrutiny intensifies

war on terrorism begins

"race" themes emerge

"linking" of national news stories caused a clash of civilizations, "linking" of news led to catagorizing people as "Middle Eastern"," Muslim", or "Arab"., convergence of racialized reporting threatens communities, increase of racist violence,discrimination, and harassment

Where it Started

Sydney, Australia-mid 2001

Why?, escalation of ethnic crime debates after a series of sexual assaults, MV Tampa picked up 438, mainly Afghan asylum seekers., "seekers" denied asylum on Australian soil, transferred to Nauru detention center

Community Media Interventions


projects developed by communities subjected to media racism to alter or return to mainstream news, "intervention", highlight the "change" orientation of such activities, expand, diversify media intentions, cross the boundary that keeps "ethnic others" confined to community media and specialized journalism


use community based media projects to improve racial discourse among Arab and Muslim communities in Australia


Checking the Performance of News

monitoring mainstream newsmedia and talk radio

identify examples of irresponsible reporting

reward fair, balanced, and positive coverage

Learning the Game

learning media skills of tolerance

achieving greater news visibility for community representatives and the issues affecting them

developing source skills

Building Networks

United Muslim Womens Association

commitment to media interventions and skills workshops for young Muslim women

Muslim Women's National Network of Australia

focused on educating journalism students, building networks with professional journalists

Talking Back to News Media

UMWA organizes a controversial conference

conference is called Jihad:Terrorism or a Muslim's Highest Aspiration

Strong media presence at conference, yet little media coverage beyond

slanted report appears in The Australian focusing on a quip and ignoring speakers analysis

Ment to challenge media's use of word "Jihad".

Outside the News

projects that work outside the conventions of news

Radio ArtStart is developed, helps young Muslim Australians tell their stories, Involves scriptwriting, play acting, and radio dialogues, satire, stereotypes, and various background issues were explored

Possibilities and Limits

Can "culture and community" exist in harmony?

discourse in community can be seen as discourse in culture and tradition

ethnic "leaders" can emerge and engage and reinforce boundary setting

Overview: 5 News Intervention Strategies

Learning the Game

Building Networks

Talking Back

Outside the News

Checking News Performance


Media Monitoring

Skills Training, Workshops

Forums, Meetings

Media Events, Critique

Cultural Production

Position Of Participant

Consumers, Complaints, Victims

Community Spokesman Responding to Questions

Professionals promoting access to Valuable story resources


cultural Production

News Conventions

policing, looking for breaches

work within politics of inclusion

reproduce and widen-exploit the conventions

address media institutions

develop alternatives, address wider publics

Different Narratives

Victim Narratives

Diversify range of "representative" voices

Shifting frames, prioritize stories

victim narratives, political demands

Irony, appropriate familiar media images to different ends

Discourse of Community


Diversify Angles of Voices

Response to racialization in the name of "community".

Develop alternative discourses

Develop cultural exchange