Category Archives: The European Media and Information Literacy Forum 2014

Junior Reporters Interview Dr. Abdeljalil Al Alami

Our Junior Reporters in the first European Media and Information Literacy Forum interviewed DCMF’s chair of the executive committee, Dr. Abdeljalil Al Alami, the JR asked him about the Doha Centre for Media Freedom’s participation in coordination with MIL.

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Interview with José Manuel Pérez Torneroz

Mr Jose Manuel answered our questions in the First European Media and Information Literacy Forum on the importance of this event and what he thought the direct outcomes would be.

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Junior Reporters Interview Mr. Alton Grizzle

In the first EMILforum the junior reporters interviewed Mr Alton Grizzle the Programme Specialist in Communication and Information of UNESCO asking him about the forum and his views on the outcomes of this event.

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Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL)

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During the Plenary session “Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL),” the speakers delivered many thoughts and recommendations to help improve the quality of MIL around the world. Speaker Carolyn Wilson proposed that we treat MIL as a composite concept that has many factors. She mentioned a plan as an example, which aims to improve the quality of MIL in the region. The plan includes four factors: identification, education, communication, and collaboration. The first factor entails identifying key strategic partnerships, while education means targeting key organizations and government ministries. Communication entails raising awareness about GAPMIL and MIL online and offline. The last factor suggests collaboration with partner organizations and initiatives.

Maria-Carme talked about the importance of partnership. She stressed on the fact that we together, need to identify common goals and establish a common plan. To Maria, “It’s important to stop working in silence and sit together and talk.” MIL is an empowering tool once it brings people together. She also said that we could learn from each other once we partner and create “a network of a network.” It’s even more important when you consider partnership to train people how to be literate and check the credibility of the information and the resources.

Chido Onumah also talked about the benefits of GAPMIL and gave recommendations to improve it based on his experience in Nigeria and Africa in general.

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According to Chido, Africa is the only continent where MIL is not implemented properly. A lot of initiatives should take place to help solve this problem, so what’s Chido suggesting? He first proposed the idea of hosting more conferences and forums regarding Media Literacy and Africa because these initiatives provide people with insights of what is happening around the world. He also talked about the idea of “global mapping of MIL,” which is a strategy that requires highly literate countries to agree on expanding, distributing, and transferring knowledge of MIL to the least literate countries.

 

 

 

New world, New Literacies

DSC_0537The plenary session titled: “New world, new literacies,” featured a variety of speakers from different media organizations, all discussing the importance of Media and Information Literacy and what it actually entails from different perspectives. This session encouraged proactive discussions and conversations not only between the panel speakers, but also among the audience.

To the first speaker, Mirta Lourenco, section for media at UNESCO France, Media and Information Literacy is crucial, as she believes that it’s more of a “right” to the citizens and they should all have access to it. She also talks about how the new media, especially the internet and social media replaced the traditional aspects of transferring media and information between people and that indeed has transformed Media and Information Literacy to another level.

According to Lourenco, what really matters in the prices of delivering Media and Information Literacy is to make sure that is not limited but attainable internationally to different countries. So, here’s where the importance of promoting Media and Information Literacy is needed the most.

One initiative that UNESCO HQ Paris is heavily investing on to promote Media and Information Literacy is to combine the efforts of the European commission and UNECSO to promote Media and Information Literacy. Lourenco believes that MIL can be best deliverable when it is a collective effort between different organizations.

DSC_0515The second speaker, Matte, European Commission, agrees with Lourenco on expanding the voice about Media and Information Literacy through the support of the media organizations together.

According to Matte, in 2007, the European Commission started to raise awareness about Media and Information Literacy through debates and conferences, but that was not good enough. So, he proposed the idea of taking an advantage of the existing new technologies to adapt the new media literacies through them. The world is changing significantly fast and we need to cope with these changes. We need new literacies to adapt to a new world.  He finally suggested that we read the title of the session the other way around “New literacies, new world,” so that by defining new literacies, citizens will be able to define the new world.

Other speakers like Jordi Torrent, UNAOC, USA discussed the human aspect of Media and Information Literacy. To Torrent, MIL is a “Human inspect platform,” meaning that it is a way of reflecting the critical thinking of people and that language plays a vital role in the critical thinking process. He mentions an example of an interactive platform of MIL that they are working on for teachers where they can navigate using four languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic and they are working on Chinese.

Torrent also highlighted the importance of Youth Media in promoting Media Literacy. For example, he argued that having a network of proactive schools could enhance Media Literacy. He also gave examples of mobile apps and interactive games that provoke proactivity and if we are able to actually use them effectively, they can help us fit in the new media era.

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Junior Reporters Interview Katia Seegers – Professor of Media University of Brussels

The JR asked Ms Katia Seegers how she viewed the importance of media and information literacy for media users? What literacies are focused on in the forum?
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