- Pilot project – Media literacy for all
- Voice & Matter Communication, Development and the Cultural Return
- Summer School on Media Literacy and Media Education Research
- The Global Forum for Media Development 2016
- Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016
- Summer School on Communication and Religion
- Training : “Communication and Media Skills for youth and Social Work”
- Riga Recommendations highlight Media and Information Literacy as a life code for sustainable development
- Conference on "Media and Information Literacy for Building a Culture of Open Government"
- The European Council encourages Media Literacy
- Enhancing Media literacy in Jordan
- “Online reporting: Telling Africa’s story on the web”, training in Kenya
- "Comunicar" April issue is out.
- Communications seminar in Nigerian diocese of Ijebu-Ode
- Church in Namibia Trains Personnel in News Reporting and Photojournalism
- Media Literacy Council creates customised emojis
- Media Education in Recife
- New tool to rate media programmes
- Media Literacy in the United States and its latest developments
- Media and information literacy course for youth by UNESCO
- Media Literacy in the Middle East
- Changing the way young girls perceive media
- Social media education in Canada
- Empowering indigenous girls and women in Bangladesh through media
- Are you media literate or just media proficient?
- Enhancing media education through media tour
- Media literacy in the Indian public sphere
- 5 free mobile apps to improve media literacy
- Media literacy: not just for big kids
- Proposals to enhance ’cyber wellness’ among youth
- The importance of media literacy
- 1st Media Literacy Week in U.S.
- The Media Literacy Week in Canada celebrates its 10 year!
- How to talk to children about disturbing news
- Reflections on Media Education Futures
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- Forum Media and Development: Initiating change
- Young people studying the media in Czech republic
- New Media and Communication: Technology matters, but people matter more !
- Respect in a Digital World is the theme of Media Literacy Week 2015
- Media Literacy and the Common Good: A Link to Catholic Social Teaching
- Promotion of media education for Nigerian children
- Fr Peter Gonsalves is the new dean of the Faculty of Social Communication at the SPU .
- SIGNIS India : Training young catholic media professionals to think critically and creatively .
- Zambia : Bishop Hamungole challenges diocesan administrators
- Indonesia : ACN formation programme in social communication
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- Agents and Voices : A Panorama of Media Education in Brazil, Portugal and Spain, edited by Ilana Elea
- Media Education Seminars Conclude and Highlight Education in the Solomons
- Puskat Marks 40th Anniversary with Media Education Seminar
- "Media Education Is a Must" for Santhome Communications Centre
- FMM Sisters in Chennai Call Parents to Protect their Children from the Effects of the Media
- Media Education Short Course for Solomons’ Youth
- Media Education Workshop in the Solomons
- Media Education Seminar: Analyzing and Learning in a Media-rich Environment
- 4th Media Seminar in Honiara: "You Can Change your Lives"
- ‘Media Education’ for All Parents of a School Run by FMM Sisters in India
- Santhome Communications Centre Produces Fifteen Media Education Trainers
- Media Education Seminar in the Solomons Focuses on Newsletter
- Media Education Seminar in Papua New Guinea
- Children our First Concern and Hope for the Future
- ReFOCUS: Malaysian Media Education Initiative on YouTube
- Media students Complete Church Training in the Solomons
- Johannesburg 2007: The Goals of the 5th World Summit
- Johannesburg 2007: A Voice for Children in the Media
- Johannesburg 2007: SIGNIS Workshops at the 5th World Summit
- US National Media Education Conference 2007
- Lola Kenya Screen Wins Grand Prize at Fifth World Summit on Media and Children
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- Johannesburg 2007: SIGNIS Delegation to the 5th World Summit
- International Children’s Day of Broadcasting 2006
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- Solomon Students Present Short Films in Media Education Project
- Paper of Prof. David Buckingham about Media Education
- Media Education Seminar: "Media is for Everybody"
- Fr. Joe Borg elected head of IAMCR section
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Forum Media and Development: Initiating change
Bonn, Brussels, October 15th, 2015 (Deutsche Welle Akademie/SIGNIS). How effective is media development? Renowned media experts and researchers gathered at a recent symposium to tackle just that question, taking a critical look at their own work and discussing new approaches.
Life doesn’t always run along straight lines. It’s a complex progression, full of byways, unexpected detours and circuitous paths. Not exactly breaking news. At the recent FoME symposium, keynote speaker Ben Ramalingam of the UK-based Overseas Development Institute argued that linear thinking perpetuated an antiquated top-down approach among media development professionals.
In his address, he asked the members of Forum Media and Development (FoME), a network of media professionals, researchers, and institutions involved in development, to consider why so much media development work is mapped out as if there were purely linear solutions to multifaceted problems. This kind of outdated thinking is one of the most common reasons important projects and programs fail, according to Ramalingam, who consults with renowned British and international development organizations such as the UK’S Department for International Development (DFID) and UNDP. He is also the author of the much-discussed book "Aid on the Edge of Chaos."
"I think we need to work in much less top-down ways, much less Encyclopaedia Britannica and much more Wikipedia. So less extract, organize and deliver, and much more curate and steward. It’s about providing platforms that people can adapt and use as they go," he said. "If we cannot change the way that we operate ourselves, we can’t ever possibly hope to ask poor people in developing countries to change what they do. We have to look to ourselves first."
In his talk, Ramalingam encouraged the more than 170 national and international media experts and researchers in attendance to fundamentally rethink how they approach their work. It was a thought-provoking kick-off to the two-day FoME conference under the motto "Focus on Impact: Advanced Methods and Concepts in Media Development."
"Now, more than ever, FoME has become a creative forum for everyone working in the field of media development. This is where we can share opinions, exchange our thoughts and discuss our own experiences," said DW Akademie Director Christian Gramsch in his opening address to the gathered representatives of organizations such as BBC Media Action, Free Press Unlimited, Reporters without Borders, Internews and CIMA as well as employees of the German federal government and the development ministry. DW Akademie is a founding member of this unique development network, which held its eleventh symposium.
"We felt it was important to present an innovative spectrum of themes for discussion, but also to make innovative methods and concepts come alive through the actual format of the event," said Patrick Leusch, the organizer of this year’s symposium and head of international cooperation at DW Akademie as well as the director of DW Media Services. So the event created spaces for knowledge transfer including short presentations in the "Knowledge Café" and workshops detailing cutting-edge methods such as storytelling or Lego Serious Play, a creative idea development strategy that employs Lego bricks.
Other topics included media project sustainability, featuring discussions with Sopheap Chak from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights as well as Günter Nooke, commissioner for Africa for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, among others.
"In our daily work, we’re always looking for solutions to challenges, such as the demand for measurement and evaluation," said Sally Gowland of BBC Media Action, who found the two-day exchange with development-sector colleagues an enriching experience.
A bright outlook
Designated "FoME reporters" summarized the symposium talks and discussions, presented not as a report, but as a mock-up of the front page of a fictional newspaper they called the "Change Maker". It even featured a weather forecast predicting rain in 2015, cloudy skies in 2016, and sunshine for 2017. This reflected the progress made during the two-day symposium in clearly identifying the challenges facing media development work. Devising solutions and establishing sustainable development strategies will be the challenges from here on out.
"I really liked the change in perspective," said Bektour Iskender, co-founder of the Kloop Media Foundation in Kyrgyzstan, a DW Akademie partner. "Instead of a top-down approach, now our experience is an essential part of the process."
"Poor countries can teach as well as learn," he added.