The CIVIS Media Foundation aims to raise the awareness of journalists and media producers in Germany and Europe of the themes of migration, integration and cultural diversity and to promote the innovative and professional approach to developments within the European immigration society. The organization contributes to intercultural understanding and to European integration through the activities of the electronic media.
The CIVIS Media Prize is awarded annually to programme contributions on radio, film and television, as well as on the Internet, which concern themselves in an outstanding way with issues of migration, integration and cultural diversity and promote the peaceful coexistence of people from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. In addition to flight and asylum, the focus is on the latest developments of an integrated, culturally diverse society - without denying the existence of conflicts. It is a question of equality, acceptance and access to social opportunities, regardless of national, ethnic or religious origins.
With international programme conferences and lectures, CIVIS provides an important European forum for debate. As an independent, non-partisan and non-profit-making organization, CIVIS actively supports the formation of medial opinion on all relevant socio-political issues in the area of migration, integration and cultural diversity.
CIVIS sees itself as an international media network and monitoring centre for migration, integration and cultural diversity in Europe.
Migration, integration and cultural diversity are making an increasing impression on everyday life. In this connection, the media have a very responsible role to play: the media are simultaneously observers, reporters and protagonists. They not only portray the rapid process of social change, they also shape it. The media determine our view of the current developments and can make a significant contribution to social integration.
Not only news and information programmes provide an impression of the shared reality in which we live, but also fictional, entertainment programmes. This shared conception constitutes our world. In particular, the entertaining forms of communication can have a social influence and can have an effect on the behaviour of viewers.
Integration is a two-way process, which represents a challenge to the whole society. CIVIS supports and publicity accompanies the process of European integration.