World Media in English is a peoples' project to bring media in world languages to the global community in English translations and interpretations. Media coverage of issues of vital importance to communities from around the world are translated, with an effort to include interpretation of social, political and cultural context as seen from the perspectives of speakers of the original languages. All reports and analyses are contributed by volunteer global citizens according to guidelines for submissions, and are open to public comment and discussion.
Where change is needed our effort is also on supporting campaigns for outreach and demanding action.
This project is a work in progress and some pages of this website are still under construction, but we already have an interesting campaign and a news article. Please see Campaigns and Currently pages.
Please join our audiences in social media. Please see Contribute page for links to Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. You can also help with creating content and outreach with any amount of your time and experience. Please see Events Page using the link below.
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In our world today, appearance of a virus in a city far away can for years take lives and bring anxiety and disruption and grief to millions of us everywhere. Differences of ethnic backgrounds or cultural tendencies, and leaving the solutions to governments can explode to savage violence, displacement and misery that we cannot even watch without horror and shame. The same can also bring hunger to millions continents away adding to many other millions already hungry everywhere. In our world today, profits and employment and enjoyable consumer goods for some can mean loss of living environments and livelihoods for many others, and into future generations.
And these are only some examples easily recognisable at the time we are looking for some. We all know that generally in our world, for much of our human family life can be little more than difficult survival amid deprivation and oppression.
We also know that today our most basic needs and rights: our economies, public health and freedoms are interconnected, and impacted by choices each one of us makes; and that luck of not being among the losers does not absolve us of responsibility to care about each other.
There is no representative world government, but there are billions of us who have come to enjoy relative security and freedom who, thanks to internet and social media and globally spoken languages, now also have the means to learn about each other, and learn about problems and solutions; and ultimately these same billions of us can be more powerful than any other unknowns and adversities.
Learning about each other and problems and solutions on an international level is the purpose of international media, and we have come a long ways in development and availability of these media in only some decades. But comparing reach of these media whether in coverage or in audience engagement with actual challenges ahead does not leave us optimistic.
First hand journalism and worldwide publication and analysis are beyond abilities of most ordinary citizens, but there is a kind of citizen journalism which millions of people can share in building with only knowledge of a native language and English, an internet connection and freedom to use it. And there are billions more who could be audiences of these citizen journalists.
In countries of the world there is variation in development of local and/or native language media, but certainly in these media one can often find more than what reaches the international media, sometimes in reporting of facts and more often in implications of social and cultural context, provided that, especially for international audiences, these implications are interpreted.
This is the purpose of World Media in English: A citizen-sourced online platform where any citizen of the world with an internet connection and working knowledge of English can read or watch reporting and analysis that has been published in languages of the world; and connect the dots too with added "big picture" explanations of context, and have free and democratic conversations about the issues with other audience members worldwide.
Clearly articles made from translations of published media coverage are works of journalism in themselves, and they must be researched based on principles and methods of good public interest journalism. For this purpose we use a set of guidelines that we research and define with the goal to maximize the public education and engagement value. At the same time, these guidelines provide a step-by-step method by which nonexpert citizens can produce professional journalism from their computer desk. With collaboration with universities we are always working to improve on these guidelines.
You can help and make a real difference by just joining our social media and informing yourself, and you can do more by taking part in discussions and creating content.
We encourage sharing, copying and redistribution of any parts of, or entire works of public affairs and history published on this website. We only require an attribution: "By [name of the lead creator] published by World Media in English (wwww.worldmediainenglish.org)". Showing our logo is optional but appreciated. You can download our logo by right clicking on the image below.
The above serves as a legal licence worldwide. Please note this permission only applies to articles and videos of public affairs and history created by our contributors showing their names on our website. It does not apply to material created elsewhere for our websites and social media, and it does not generally authorize adaptations like translations or re-mixings. If you are interested in using our content for public interest purposes we recommend contacting us. We will be happy to provide authorizations for your intended use.
Online discussion and organising meetings: We use the internet to meet with new audiences and volunteers worldwide to share our content and to talk about ideas for new publications. Whether you have specialised experience or not, or hours or minutes of your time to share, we always have something very important for you to do. Meeting times are presently set for every Sunday 9 pm GMT. To get a Zoom invitation please send us an email with "Email List" in the subject line (If this time is not convenient for you, we are happy to use email).
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World Media in English in Media: We have a regular segment with CJSF FM, campus radio station of Simon Fraser University in Canada, where our volunteers present summaries of underrepresented international stories, and talk about their organising work on our current projects. Using the links below please listen or watch and, in addition to being informed more, consider helping.
February 17, 2023, What is World Media in English? July 19, 2023, Morality Police Return and Desertification in Iran July 26, 2023, Sudanese Conflict and Iranian Gas Runners September 28, 2023, Anniversary of a Police Killing and a People's Uprising, and What is Wrong with Iran's Regime
World Media in English is a new platform of citizen journalism providing a venue for qualified translators and interpreters to share media in native languages of the world with global audiences in English. This project is built on goals of producing best possible journalism in the public interest, and providing a democratic and nonpartisan space for civic participation and collaboration among global citizens interested in human rights and social justice. Our work is therefore guided by democratic principles of inclusivness and transparency, and not influenced by any special interests. It is approved and supported by Simon Fraser University Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG).
To maximize the value of our publications and discussions we use a set of guidelines that are defined based on principles and methods of good public interest journalism. Within these guidelines our contributors are free to choose their subject matter and express views and opinions, and they remain the only authors and editors of their work. We encourage feedback from our audiences and hold ourselves accountable to all legitimate criticism.
Our work is not possible without help of our volunteers. No experience is necessary and there is no minimum time commitment required to join our virtual organising meetings using Zoom. Please see Events for details. On our Events page you can also hear or watch our volunteers on traditional media who talk about our current projects and how you can help.
Currently founder Ramtin Bashi is our lead volunteer.
Ramtin Bashi: Since young age Ramtin was interested in people and what was important to their well being, and this led to his interest in public affairs and the role of media in shaping public participation and policy. He came to adulthood in his native Iran when the post-revolutionary regime had reached the dimensions of a dictatorship. He fled the country and reached Canada as a refugee. In Canada he earned a bachelor degree in engineering and has worked in a number of industries. Having learned English and having gained citizenship of a democracy, more so than before he continued to follow and study media with an inquisitive mind. In 2013 and 14 he put together the main elements of World Media in English, a working draft of guidelines and a first news article. In 2015 he initiated the "Air, Water and Economy for Iran" campaign which he helps develop from this platform as well. He is always happy to discuss your suggestions or questions about content and outreach.
You can also open and download a PDF transcript of this conversation from this link: World Media in English Q&A (PDF)
Our poster contains a more general description: World Media in English Poster (PDF)
We always welcome your ideas and suggestions about content and outreach (no experience needed), and if your are in the fields of journalism, social or political sciences, multimedia, social media, IT or legal, we welcome your specialised help with our current projects. Please send us an email.
If your time zone and availability permit, we prefer to see you in our virtual weekly meetings using Zoom where we discuss ideas and plans for content and sharing (For more details please see Events above). These meetings are currently set for Sundays at 9 pm GMT. There is no minimum time commitment required for your participation. We do not send additional email messages and we do not ask for money donations. To get an invitation please send us an email with "Mailing List" in the subject line.
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We keep your contact information, and any other personal information you may share with us srtictly confidential and secure, and we will use them only for your intended purpose. You can unsubscribe any time by sending us an email with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.