Ofcom have published their latest update from their Media Literacies network. In the latests bulletin they have a list of media literacies related news from different organisations across the UK.
They also have a section on this year’s Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week
The theme for Global MIL Week 2020 highlights how we can look to addressing disinformation and divides by recognizing our shared interest in improving everyone’s competencies to engage with the opportunities and risks in today’s landscape of communication, technology, and information. In this way, MIL – along with Global Citizenship Education - can aid progress towards the SDGs by equipping citizens with the knowledge, skills, values, and practices to be engaged as critical-thinking citizens in societies. These competencies can empower citizens for involvement in media development, access to information and knowledge for all, and freedom of expression, which all have implications on how the war against disinformation can be won.
It would be interesting to see if Ofcom’s media literacies model could be pushed along towards a media engagement model, as advocated in Taiwan by Audrey Tang.
Beginning in the 2017 school year, children in Taiwan study a new curriculum designed to teach critical reading of propaganda and the evaluation of sources. Called “media literacy,” the course provides training in journalism in the new information society
The Ofcom approach to media literacy is passive and consumerist, and not geared up to empowering or enabling people to produce and share their own media. Perhaps there’re conversations to be had about the one-sided media literacies model with have here in the UK - England for sure, Scotland, Wales and NI might be a little better?