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The Media influences our lives, our views and our habits. Our media education hub provides training in media skills to newcomers, refugees and locals in an effort to create and shape new narratives together.

 

The class

STORYTELLING
Discover how to tell a story effectively and reflect upon how the things we say or what we choose not to say can affect other people’s lives. Explore different narrative techniques and also how various multimedia combinations can represent the facts and events of a story from the viewpoints of several actors.

PHOTOGRAPHY
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We offer you the chance to explore different visual aesthetics and styles and we provide you with the tools to tell the important stories of the world in your own unique way.

FILM-MAKING
A beginner’s guide to capturing images in motion: all you need to know about how to use your camera, treat light & sound, edit your shots and create a story.

The class

STORYTELLING
Discover how to tell a story effectively and reflect upon how the things we say or what we choose not to say can affect other people’s lives. Explore different narrative techniques and also how various multimedia combinations can represent the facts and events of a story from the viewpoints of several actors.

PHOTOGRAPHY
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We offer you the chance to explore different visual aesthetics and styles and we provide you with the tools to tell the important stories of the world in your own unique way.

FILM-MAKING
A beginner’s guide to capturing images in motion: all you need to know about how to use your camera, treat light & sound, edit your shots and create a story.

What students say

“LAB helped me to socialize and connect with people – with its many photo walks and workshops – this makes integration a success.”
Bunja

from Gambia

“For me, LAB was a turning point, a new direction towards photography – making it a constant activity in my everyday life.”
Konstantina

from Greece

“I really liked participating in the program because I learned how to improve my photographs and how to better use the camera.  I was treated with such love, we were a great group of friends.”
Ali

from Afghanistan

Our impact

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What students created

Migrant women in Greece

Migrant women in Greece

Our Solomon LAB student Noor Omran created this short video about the Melissa: Network of Migrant Women in Greece in order to raise awareness about the inclusion of refugee and migrant women in Athens.

Mohamed’s cave in Granada

Mohamed’s cave in Granada

Our Solomon LAB student Stavros Dimopoulos created this short video about Mohamed’s cave in Granada, Spain.

The history of Lycabettus Hill

The history of Lycabettus Hill

Our Solomon LAB student Elias Sharifi created this short video about the Lycabettus Hill in Athens by interviewing a tour guide who talks about the history of the Lycabettus.

Behind the Lines

Behind the Lines

Our Solomon LAB student Nancy Moraiti created this short video making the portrait of SIMEK, a visual artist based in Athens, Greece.

The Bed Factory

The Bed Factory

Our Solomon LAB student Clara Polistena created this video about the rising of Airbnb in Athens, Greece and its effects on the society. Her documentary was part of Ethnofest 2019.

Current media lab

Twelve (12) young journalists, researchers and other content creators participate in a comprehensive webinars program, with the aim of promoting good practices for responsible and balanced journalism on refugee and immigrant issues.

Workshop participants have the opportunity to discover various aspects of journalistic practices, as well as other research tools and procedures used to cover issues related to mobile populations. Participants learn about the legal framework around asylum procedures and become familiar with their proper use; they gain an understanding on the avoidance of hate speech and prejudice, and the importance of including different perspectives and voices in their reporting.

During the seminars, participants also have the opportunity to delve into topics such as the reported deportations and human rights violations at the border, the living conditions of asylum seekers at the Reception and Identification Centers on the Greek islands, and the effects of COVID-19 in the accommodation centers, the living and working conditions on the mainland, etc.

The workshops include speakers from the Solomon team and experienced fellow Greek and international media journalists, filmmakers, data analysts, anthropologists, as well as Refugee and Immigration experts, people from the community and representatives from refugee and immigrant communities.

The broader goal of the Solomon Media Lab is to increase the impact of journalistic research on immigration issues, to share our skills and experience, to bring different communities closer together, and to maintain an open dialogue that continues beyond the publication of each story.

As part of the new session of Solomon Media Lab, a relevant toolkit will be developed, which will be available on the Solomon platform. More will be announced later in the new year.

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