Workshop “Discriminatory language and narratives in the media”

In their workshop, Gabriela Mayungu and Firas Hallak address discriminatory language and images in media coverage. The goal of their workshop is to develop a critical view of dominant narratives in the media and to strengthen digital media skills of young people.

Gabriela Mayungu, Author

Firas Hallak, Author

© El Boum


First, the participants become familiar with the definition of media by discussing the function and role of media in our society. The aim is to explain how social norms are set or influenced by discourses and debates in the media. In a critical media analysis, participants then deal with an issue portrayed differently in different media (e.g. different newspapers) with the following questions: Who or what is the subject of discussion? How is the person/(social) group affected described? What consequences does this have for the affected person or group? Afterwards, there is a short input on “racism in your heads”. At the end of the workshop, the participants themselves become active media creators and can use a meme generator to create diversity-sensitive counter-narratives.

Duration: 120 minutes

Format: digital & on site

Target group: young people aged 14 and older

About the material

The workshop was developed as part of our Media & Democracy Fellowship in cooperation with SPIEGEL Ed. All materials are accessible as an Open Educational Resource.

The authors and we as Understanding Europe would like to encourage teachers, young educators and educational multipliers to use it for their work.

Workshop Manual
PDF — 2 MB
Presentation: Discriminatory language and narratives in media
PDF — 926 KB
Explanatory model normativity
PDF — 171 KB