Media Literacy Days 2019

From 22 October to 15 November 2019, the Media Literacy Network will be holding the Media Literacy Days event. This is the way by which our country is taking part in the 8th UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week, due to take place from 24 to 31 October 2019. During these four weeks, the Macedonian citizens will have an opportunity to take part in some thirty workshops, debates, webinars, open days and other events focused on the various aspects of media literacy.

The aim of the Media Literacy Days, which will be held under the motto: “STOP, THINK, CHECK!”, is to raise public awareness of the importance of media literacy, acquaint different categories of citizens of all age groups – children, youth, adults and the elderly – with media literacy and help them acquire media literacy skills; to provide a platform for collaboration, exchange of experiences and development of sustainable media literacy projects among professionals coming from different social spheres of action: public, private, state, governmental, non-governmental organizations, individuals and media, both from Skopje and from other cities around the country.

Media Literacy Days Programme

22.10.2019 (11:00-12:00) Press conference involving all participants. Venue: Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services – Skopje, Press Center

24.10.2019 (14:00-14:30) Video Discussion: “Fighting Disinformation – Reality or Empty Promises?”, organized by Youth Education Forum (MOF). Venue: МOF Radio Studio – Skopje

25.10.2019 (11:00 -13:00) Open Session on Appeals to the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia, organized by the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia. Venue: AAAVMS – Skopje

29.10.2019 (09:00-12:00) Workshop with Women on Recognizing “Fake News” and Disinformation, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies. Venue: Holiday Inn – Skopje

 (11:00-13:00) Debate: Media Self-Regulation – Situation, Challenges and Opportunities, organized by Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia. Venue: Tetovo

(13:00-16:00) Workshop with Pensioners on Recognizing “Fake News” and Disinformation, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies. Venue: Holiday Inn – Skopje

30.10.2019 (11:00-16:00) Open Training for Civil Society Representatives, organized by Metamorphosis and EuroThink. Venue: Citizens’ Resource Center – Skopje

MIL Day for High School Students, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies, Venue: Media in Skopje, Strumica, Kumanovo and Bitola  

31.10.2019 and 01.11.2019 (09:30 – 14:30) Open Days at the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, organized by AAAVMS. Venue: AAAVMS – Skopje

04.11.2019 (12:00 – 14:00) Presentation of the Findings of the “Monitoring Report: Gender Balance of the Media Reporting in the Country”, organized by Antico. Venue: AAAVMS – Skopje

05.11.2019 High-school Students Workshop, organized by Value for European Knowledge. Venue: “Georgi Dimitrov” High School – Skopje

(19:30) Award Ceremony, “Media Promoter of Journalism as a Public Good – Roberto Belichanec Award”, organized by the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers. Venue: Public Room – Skopje

06 and 12.11.2019 (09:30-12:30) Workshops with High-school Students on Recognizing “Fake News” and Disinformation, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies. Venue: “Mihajlo Pupin” High School – Skopje

13.11.2019 (11:00-13:00) Local events involving the sub-grantees of the “CriThink” Project, organized by Metamorphosis and EuroThink, Venue: to be held simultaneously in eight cities

(13:00-15:00) Round table: “Challenges for Young Journalists in the Era of Disinformation, organized by the Youth Education Forum. Venue: Journalists’ Club – Skopje

14.11.2019 (09:30-16:00) Conference: “Media Literacy Days 2019” 1st Day, Adult Media Literacy Survey Results (16+), organized by AAAVMS and OSCE; Critical Thinking and Informing Habits among Youth organized by Metamorphosis and EuroThink, Debate: Let’s Have Coffee, “Youth and Consumerism”, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies; Media Literacy Workshop for the Political Youth Branches, organized by the Ohrid Institute. Venue: AAAVMS premises in Skopje.

15.11.2019 (09: 30-16:00) Conference: “Media Literacy Days 2019” 2nd Day, Media Literacy Network Meeting, Panel Discussion organized by the Macedonian Media Institute, Media Literacy Fair, Panel Discussion organized by Metamorphosis and EuroThink, and Donor Coordination. Venue: AAAVMS premises in Skopje

Webinars:

24.10.2019 (11:00 -13:00) Internet Security, organized by Metamorphosis and EuroThink

29.10.2019 (11:00-13:00) Fighting Hate Speech on Social Networks, organized by Metamorphosis and EuroThink

31.10.2019 (11:00-12:00) Verify Before Publishing, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies

08.11.2019 (11:00 -12:00) Algorithms Behind the News, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies

The Media Literacy Days will be held owing to the efforts and active involvement of the following members of the Media Literacy Network:  Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, Macedonian Institute of Media, Institute of Communication Studies, Konedu Global, Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia, Eurothink, Metamorphosis Foundation, Ohrid Institute, Youth Educational Forum, VEZ – Value of the European Knowledge, „Lice v lice“ and the Macedonian Radio and Television public broadcasting service, as well the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers and Women Civic Initiative – Antico.

* The Network was launched on 27 April 2017. Currently, it has 53 members, including public institutions and ministries, CSOs, educational institutions and the media, and is constantly open to admitting new members. In addition to empowering the citizens, another important aspect of the Media Literacy Days is the strengthening of the Network, by structuring it in a way that will increase the interaction dynamics, while maintaining the principles of democracy and equality by which it operates, as well as improving the visibility of the projects conducted by its members.