Me In Media

Multimedia + Multiculturalism  has partnered with Vancouver’s cutting edge media outlet, Schema Magazine, to coordinate, develop & deliver the Me In Media (MIM) project.  The goal of MIM is to inspire dialogue around the inclusion of ethnic diversity in the multimedia landscape. This partnership will encourage youth to be active participants in reflecting their own identity and stories through media in two Phases:

Phase 1:  Me In Media – Public Town Hall
September 13, 2011, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room

This event is presented in partnership between the United Nations Association in Canada, Schema Magazine, CoopCulture and co-sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library.
How does media foster our sense of inclusion? MIM will explore issues around ethnic representation in media & storytelling and the importance of media literacy when we create and consume those stories. Come hear our speakers:

Stuart Poyntz, Assistant Professor, SFU School of Communication;

Shima Ghailan, UNA-Canada M&M intern with Media Democracy Day;

Riaz Meghji, co-host Breakfast Television, CityTV;

Sid Tan, Communications and Media Producer, W2 Board of Directors and chair, Chinese Canadian National Council

After the presentations, moderator Jennifer Chen will host a Q&A session, inviting questions from the audience. Chen is an associate producer at CBC Radio and co-founder of the Asian Canadian Journalists Association (ACJA) of Vancouver. The ACJA is an organisation devoted to fostering a community of journalists who share ideas about how to better represent and cover diverse cultures in local newsrooms and news organisations.

Phase 2: Me In Media – Youth Think Tank & Media Production Workshops
September 2011
Museum of Vancouver, September 17 for Think Tank
W2 Woodward’s Community Media Arts, September 24 & 25 for Media Production

This series of workshops is presented in partnership between the United Nations Association in Canada, Schema Magazine, Access To Media Education Society/YouthMade, Pacific Cinémathèque, the Museum of Vancouver and W2.
MIM will work to provide a safe and inclusive space to engage youth ages 14-18 in a think tank discussion to explore how ethnicity can shape stories in media and how this impacts their sense of identity and inclusion in society.

Youth will be encouraged to brainstorm and generate their own media-based responses to these discussions based on their own perceptions of where media and inclusion intersect. (i.e.: a story, a video, a photo montage, a podcast.)

·  1-day media literacy workshops and think tank discussion facilitated by Access To Media Education Society/YouthMade
·  2-day media production and storytelling workshop facilitated by Pacific Cinémathèque

Project Outcomes
·  UNA-Canada will feature media pieces and project updates through the national website to share with other Canadian communities and funding partners.  Potential outcome to establish MIM as a legacy project.
·  Schema Magazine will publish and feature youth media projects/responses in their online publication.
·  Youth will have the opportunity to share their stories & vision using different media; be celebrated for their participation in the project; receive national recognition in press releases & pr; receive a certificate of participation/reference from UNA – Canada/Schema Magazine, T-shirts and swag.

Lara Hill,
M+M Vancouver Coordinator, United Nations Association in Canada –
Mauree Matsusaka,
Community Partnerships Manager of Schema Magazine –,

Thank you Project Partners & Sponsors: