ABC partners with US media literacy organisation to fight fake news

The ABC has partnered up with the US’s National Association for Media Literary Education in an effort to fight fake news, coinciding with the second annual Media Literacy Week.

The announcement:

The ABC has joined forces with one of the United States’ leading education organisations for the second annual Media Literacy Week, to combat the spread of spin, misinformation and “fake news” around the world.

The inaugural partnership between the ABC and National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will equip students and teachers with the skills to become critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in an era of mass media, popular culture and digital technologies.

The 2019 Media Literacy Week, from 21-25 October, will feature special events across Australia and the US to help navigate the news landscape, including:
News Champions Youth Forum: Australian students will lead a discussion on how news can support and engage young people, in a two-day media literacy summit at the Museum of Australian Democracy.
Fighting fake news: Education experts at Washington’s Newseum will hold a free virtual webinar available to Australian teachers on sorting truth from fiction.
Media makers panel: ABC Education and the Australian Council for Educational Leadership will host an event for teachers on the challenges of reporting in an era of false information, featuring ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland, presenter Benjamin Law and RMIT/ABC Fact Check’s Sushi Das.
NAMLE and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the US will promote the free PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED program, to help teach students to think critically about media consumption and creation.
The US-based Children’s Media Association will host a discussion about social media “kidfluencers” at Fordham University in New York.

ABC Education’s Media Literacy website also features new resources including “fake news” interactives and fact-checking primers with RMIT/ABC Fact Check to teach students about subjects such as “information disorder” and spotting fake images.

Annabel Astbury, ABC Head of Education, said: “As Australia’s leading public broadcaster, we are delighted to partner with NAMLE in educating people about the perils and pitfalls of the modern media landscape. All Australian students should have access to high quality, trustworthy local content that equips them with the skills to think critically about the media they consume and create every day.”

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, NAMLE Executive Director, said: “Media Literacy Week highlights the passion and commitment of educators across the country and globe to see media literacy highly valued and widely practised. Media literacy is a vital part of education in today’s media-driven society and we are excited to partner with the ABC to promote the importance of media literacy for all.”

The ABC’s second national Media Literacy Week coincides with UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week, 24 – 31 October, which promotes media literacy as a way to foster social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.

Source: ABC press release


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