The Project Media Development Study in Uruguay: Diagnosis, Prospects and Challenges will be launched today at the event, which will be attended by representatives of UNESCO’s Montevideo Office, the project research team and Advisory Board composed of national institutions.
An unprecedented work has been undertaken since 2010. All national universities offering careers in communication sciences have successfully integrated this initiative: University of the Republic (UDELAR), Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay (UTU), Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU) through its UNESCO Chair, University of Montevideo (UM) and Universidad ORT Uruguay, also joined by the Faculty of Social Sciences (UDELAR) through ObservaTIC.
Coordinated by UNESCO as part of its International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Uruguayan institutions will locally implement UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs), adopted by the IPDC Intergovernmental Council at its 26th session in 2008.
According to this initiative, the Uruguayan academy will adapt the MDIs tool to the Uruguayan scenario and apply the indicators in close cooperation with various actors of the media system of the country.
Research categories to be addressed include: the regulatory system, plurality and diversity of media, equal conditions and transparency of ownership, the media as a platform for democratic discourse, professional training and institutions in support to freedom of expression, and infrastructure capacity.
The project, which execution is planned for 2014 will receive funding from the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII), UNESCO and all the universities involved.