During the first two weeks in December a group of educators took part in MIA workshops in Pontypridd. The training was split into two sections; Media Literacy theory for educators and Practical workshops in digital content creation.
There have been a number of requests for follow up sessions or a repeat of the workshops for those who were unable to attend. Pontydysgu plans to run more workshops in Wales in the Spring of 2019.
GIFs are halfway between an image and video, they can relay more information than a static picture without the time investment of a video. In journalism they can be used to focus on a particular moment in an event such as in Sports. Or they can add explanation or illustration to a story.
This is a lesson activity designed to encourage critical thinking and analysis of news articles. It is adapted from a workshop at MisInfoCon. There are no right or wrong answers, the activity provides a lens through which students must analyse the stories rather than merely consume them.
Printouts news articles from a variety of sources
Example food labels
(Optional – multimedia such as a news video or podcast)
How to do it;
Introduce the activity by showing some example food labels, ask how do we know if a food is good for us?
Briefly discuss or recap what sort of things you would look for to determine how reliable and accurate a news story or piece of media is.
(You could use the cheat sheet from the theory presentation)
Ask students to work in pairs to create their own labelling system for news. They should aim to choose 4 or 5 key ingredients. Give each group one story to work with. Once they have produced their ‘tool’ give them a different story and ask them if their tool still works.
Each pair should then present back their ideas to the group.
Created in conjunction with Rula Awad and MisInfoCon
Members of the MIA team have a published article in the Journal of Media literacy – Praxis and Partnerships – 2nd International Media Literacy Research Symposium
Abstract: In this environment of concerns about information disorders, preoccupations about critical knowledge about media and news literacy are in the front page. In this article we consider the relevance of teaching teachers (until 12th grade) in the specific context of a research project, Media In Action, on different issues of media literacy, news literacy and digital storytelling. We specifically address the relevance of journalism as a learning tool, the need for lifelong learning approaches and the use of critical literacies.
“Edited by Belinha De Abreu and Vitor Tomé, this issue brings together researchers from 25 countries and four continents who all traveled to Lisbon, Portugal in April  to share and discuss their current research. Articles represent three different strands from the conference: Media Literacy, Civic Participation/Participatory Culture, and Digital Citizenship.”
The full journal can be downloaded as a pdf from https://www.nationaltelemediacouncil.org/journal-of-media-literacy