Media Literacy Week is an annual global initiative to combat the spread of spin, misinformation and “fake news” around the world
In line with UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week, public broadcasters and media literacy education associations around the world collaborate and share resources to equip people with the skills to become critical thinkers, effective communicators and engaged citizens in an era of mass media, popular culture and digital technologies.
In 2020, where we are all being bombarded with news of global significance – Covid-19, the U.S. Presidential election, the devestating bushfires in Australia – learning to be media literate has never been more important.
Media literacy is bigger than just “fake news”. It is the ability to identify different types of media and understand the messages they’re sending. And these days we get our news from so many sources. These include print media, such as newspapers, magazines and posters, and theatrical presentations, social media, radio broadcasts, podcasts, as well as television and the internet.
To find out more about Media Literacy Week and the importance of Media Literacy, visit the ABC Education Media Literacy website.