The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM) has one key task, and that is media literacy. By means of a number of appearances, events and decisions CMEM wishes to help citizens distinguish between the true and fake news.
Media literacy in conditions of distance learning was an aspect addressed by the KonEdu GLOBAL Association for Promotion of Education. The Association held workshops in two schools, to work on raising the awareness about the need for media literacy in the educational process.
As an aspect of media literacy, the RESIS Institute looks into the s the way in which the vulnerable groups are presented in the media, because they are often depicted through the prism of stereotypes that are sometimes imposed by the media themselves.
Responsibility in the public online space, as another aspect of media literacy, was elaborated on by the Youth Education Forum (MOF). At two online events, MOF spoke about how to escape the conspiracy theories and how to recognize online the lies related to Covid-19.
The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) addressed the issue of how much time young people spent online, and what they did during this time. Three trainings were organized to teach high school students how to recognize disinformation, along with an online discussion that raised the question of why we needed a media ‘diet’.
Media literacy in education is a broad topic that raises important issues in various areas – from education and culture, to the institutions’ functioning and the level of citizens and professionals’ awareness. Within the frameworks of this topic, the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) organized a round table with the Minister of Education, Ms Mila Carovska, titled "The Need and the Possibilities for Including Media Literacy in the Formal Education System in RN Macedonia,” and a debate titled “Teachers – Key to Raising Awareness about Media Literacy”.
The EUROTHINK Center for European Strategies and the METAMORPHOSIS Foundation held two webinars under the CriThink Project to address the key role of journalists in the fight against disinformation.
In its video, the Public Broadcasting Service (MRTV) dwelled on the importance of promoting media literacy in the programmes. The core mission of the Public Broadcasting Service is to inform and educate, as television is still a very powerful medium.
The event titled "Gender, Pays and Broadcasting" was organized by the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services (AAAVMS). The regulatory body emphasized gender perspective as an important aspect of media literacy, since society’s gender stereotypes and prejudices are mirrored in the media content. Citizens should be aware of this impact, while the media need to understand their role in developing critical awareness.