After three unconferences (Brussels, Vienna, Lisbon) and a 2-day hackathon in Paris, the Media Literacy Toolkit for Newsrooms took the spotlight at the GEN Summit 2019 in Athens, Greece from 13 - 15 June. Together with 650+ editors-in-chief and senior news executives, Alexandra Peng, Programme Manager at GEN, Angie Pitt, Director at NewsWise, and Nikos Panagiotou, Assistant Professor at the Aristotle University, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, in Thessaloniki, spoke about how important it is for journalists themselves to be media literate and how to support media literacy in journalists.
1. A mobile and online app for journalism students and professors where professors can paste any link of any article into the back-end, then they can ask questions within the article, while students can open the article seeing the questions and with an answer field to send in their answers. This application aims to strengthen critical reading in students and gives them training in fact-checking.
2. A plug-in for newsrooms which scans the article a journalist is either reading or writing and presents a page-overview: How many words does the article include, how many photos/videos, are they credited, how many links are included, do the links work, etc. The goal is to include a machine learning model afterwards to be able to 'rate' the article by the author, how many links/photos/videos they used and if the have been verified already, etc.
3. A video game for young children to playfully learn more about misinformation by playing 'mini-games' and guiding them through e.g. how the world got to the climate crisis by debunking misinformation.
Afterwards, the session continued by giving Angie Pitt and Nikos Panagiotou the floor to share their knowledge on how to educate young children in media literacy, and – the other side of the spectrum – how to educate journalists in media literacy. In conclusion, it was clear that essentially, media literacy education has to be a joint effort of institutions and within families, and to start at a young age to make sure that media literacy in children and then in grown-ups who produce the news is as sustainable and trusted as possible.
Yet at the same time, the ones who promote and practice journalism will have to lead by example, meaning it has to be clear to journalists and newsrooms that they're not only promoting media literacy but also contributing to media literacy.
This is why the Global Editors Network is proud of its Media Literacy Toolkit for Newsrooms: To support journalists and newsrooms in promoting and contributing to media literacy by providing them with the necessary digital tools.
GEN Summit 2019 Media Literacy Session
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