- 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
- Young journalists and activists engage in media monitoring in Palestine
- 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
- SIGNIS offers Catholic media, “Music in a box” - a mobile audio production studio !
- 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
- Women’s Interfaith Media Literacy Initiative Launched
- Johannesburg 2007: SIGNIS Delegation to the 5th World Summit
- International Children’s Day of Broadcasting 2006
- UNESCO Handbook on Media Awareness
- Media Education in Malta - Historical Perspectives and Current Developments
- 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
- CREC to provide formation courses in pastoral communication to seminarians
- New Russian Books Devoted to Media Education
The importance of media literacy
Huntington, Brussels, November 26th, 2015 (SIGNIS/Parthenon). Recently, the Parthenon, the American student newspaper of Marshall University in Huntington, published an editorial pleading for media literacy.
Media literacy is something journalism students at Marshall University are very familiar with. Students learn about sources and what counts as reputable, thus enabling students to later determine if the people they talk to for their future stories can be trusted as legitimate sources of information.
Often times, media literacy is overlooked, or categorized as an unimportant class to non-majors, or those who maybe take a course on the subject just to fill hours.
In a time where sharing your thoughts and opinions is as simple as pressing “share now” on Facebook, it is increasingly important to promote media literacy. It is this blind faith of sources that leads to people perpetuating sensationalism and injecting misinformation directly into the feed of their social media friends.
It can be assumed that hundreds of thousands of users are mislead on Facebook daily. Sharing posts about President Barack Obama signing some absurd bill, court hearings about ridiculous crimes, or posts about weird, Dr. Drew-esque ailments keeps users and their friends in a cloud of fear.
Making media literacy a general education requirement regardless of program could potentially help social media users avoid falling for lies, whether they are blatant or deep in a story itself.
Sites like snopes.com and their writers dedicate themselves to clearing up online rumors and disproving those websites so commonly shared on Facebook. Snopes breaks up posts like the Chik-Fil-A free nugget day (mostly false, sorry), but if literacy classes were taught in most universities, a site like Snopes would not need to be so active. People could independently research their sources and make the decision to use the source or not. Instead of wading through a feed cluttered with fake posts, users could see actual news articles written by actual journalists who actually have careers in the field instead of a suburban homebody, typing up whatever they decide to write about.
In the mean time, those who are more literate when it comes to media sources should let their friends know whether or not something can be trusted. Letting others know what’s credible and what isn’t can be a small solace in a time of constant calumny.