Disinformation is plaguing internet users everywhere. Students in regional and remote areas of Australia often have less access to information that can help them understand how the media influences and affects society.
To help young Australians become better consumers and producers of media, the ABC, with the support of funding from JNI, has launched the Remote Media Literacy Project.
The project aims to help young people in the most remote parts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory to become media literate citizens.
In workshops with ABC journalists, mapped to the national curriculum, students are taught to:
- Engage critically with the media, including how media is made
- Reflect on how they use media
- Understand the way media influences and affects people and society
- Know that media constructs versions of reality
Sessions on ‘fake news’ and how to spot it have proved popular with the students.
Students have also been given opportunities to do voice overs on ABC Local Radio and have been interviewed for ABC programs.
Reaching more communities in 2021
ABC Managing Director David Anderson said the grant from JNI had helped the ABC’s media literacy initiative by allowing it to reach more remote communities.
“We already run a highly successful media literacy program for regional and rural schools. This grant will give us the opportunity to reach some of the most disadvantaged schools in some of the most remote parts of the country.”
“Our aim, with the help of the Judith Neilson Institute, is to empower these communities by providing education in media literacy by specialist experts.”
The Remote Media Literacy Project is expected to reach at least 400 young people in regional and remote areas. There are plans to run sessions in at least 15 schools in 2021.