How to teach your students resisting the flood of disinformation? What are the principles of ethical journalists? How can local media empower democracy? The project is an attempt to reply to a growing problem of media quality on one hand and the need for media education in schools on the other. Becoming Ethical Journalists focus is on these aspects of journalistic work that involve civic education and co-creation of the community by providing valuable information. We challenge the global issue of disinformation on a community level first. We start in Poland where we invite teachers, students and journalists to join their efforts in producing an original piece covering locally important topics.
The project consists of two parallel paths undertaken by the participants: teachers take part in the blended learning course and the local coalition (school team guided by a teacher and media partner) runs a common project.
Within the project students will cooperate with local media to create a column in a local newspaper in one of the three categories: MEGA locals, unknown places/unheard stories and youth speaks!. They learn to analyse media messages – by conducting a one week desk research, interview a journalist and take part in the expert webinar. The results of their work are presented at the final workshops in Warsaw.
Teachers get familiar with methods of deconstructing media coverages via blended learning course. The core of the course is based on the European edition of the Mind over Media. Analysing contemporary propaganda programme founded by Renee Hobbs PhD, and the Polish curriculum developed within it. The course consists of three modules: Medium is the message, Fake news and beyond and Decoding the media, accompanied by two workshops. Throughout the course teachers will be provided with individual mentoring support.
Journalists will participate in workshops with well-known editors, and engage in social projects with schools, strengthening their position in the local community. They are given access to educational materials focused on interpreting and deconstructing media coverages in order to strengthen their professional skills and support ethical journalism on a local level.
The project is a pilot that we intend to develop further in other European countries.
The call for schools/local coalitions is now on. For more details and the application form please visit our project partner page. Deadline for applications is September 9, 2019.
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