Media Literacy Network in times of Covid-19: Guidelines for the Safe and Professional Reporting of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (SEMM) and the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) (both members of the Media Literacy Network) developed Guidelines for the Safe and Professional Reporting of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Available in English at: https://znm.org.mk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Guidelines-for-safe-and-professional-reporting-on-coronavirus-COVID-19.pdf).
The Guidelines are prepared as part of the efforts to foster the important role of the media in understanding properly the occurrence of coronavirus, its consequences and ways of effective prevention. The document is based on the recommendations of international organizations such as Poynter, First Draft, Journalist’s Resource, Open Notebook, Reframe, World Health Organization (WHO), experienced journalists, scientists and experts. In addition, the purpose of the Guidelines is to also provide information for the journalists and media workers primarily to protect themselves and their surroundings, during the performance of their terrain duties, or the duties in the newsrooms and studios, as well as the duties outside. These Guidelines were welcomed by UNESCO (https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-welcomes-press-councils-call-professional-reporting-covid-19-south-east-europe)
Education for Media Literacy in Digital Environment“ project
MIM Publishes Two Media Literacy Handbooks
The Macedonian Media Institute has published two handbooks for trainers in the field of media and information literacy.
The Handbook for Journalists, by the authors Radmila Rangelov Jusovic, PhD, and Nedim Krajishnik, is intended for the trainers who will be working on and teaching media and information literacy to school children. The handbook contains recommendations for organizing classes in the schools, as well as specific topics related to media and information literacy. Read more…
Research: “Media Literacy in Macedonia: An Attempt at Implementing it in Primary Education”
The School of Journalism and Public Relations conducted a research into “Media Literacy in Macedonia: An Attempt at Implementing it in Primary Education,” with the support from the Bureau for Development of Education, with the aim of establishing how this concept is treated in the curricula and study programmes, which forms of acquiring knowledge on media literacy are used (didactic materials, equipment, spatial conditions, etc.) and what the teaching staff’s education is concerning media literacy.
Online guidebook on “Critical Thinking for Unmasking Disinformation”
A guidebook for informal education on media literacy has been prepared as part of the project on “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink”, which is being implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation for Internet and Society and the “EUROTHINK” Centre for European Strategies, and is funded by the EU. The handbook is titled “Critical Thinking for Unmasking Disinformation”.
The handbook promotes the methods for informal education which is usually performed out of the standard educational process (state schools and universities), within the frameworks of the activities of civil society. This handbook proposes various activities that can be adjusted for both curricular and extra-curricular implementation. Every activity states the topics, goals, duration and the required materials.
The handbook may be downloaded from this link.
The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) continuously provides recommendations, manuals, instructions, analyses and research referring to the professional and responsible media reporting. Among all of them, important tools used by the media in the process of expanding the media literacy are the following ones:
Media Literacy Handbook
The School of Journalism and Public Relations and the Media Diversity Institute from London prepared the “Media Literacy Handbook for Youth, Media and CSOs”. The Handbook contains useful tips on how all these groups can promote media literacy.
Research into Journalists’ Educational Needs and Media Literacy of the Audience
On 1 December 2016, at the Macedonian Media Institute (MIM) a panel-discussion was held, at which a report was presented on the “Research into Journalists’ Educational Needs and Media Literacy of the Audience”, conducted by the MIM team as part of the regional project titled “Southeast European Partnership for Media Development”.
The “Research into Journalists’ Educational Needs and Media Literacy of the Audience” is available at this link
Conference on Media Literacy as a Premise for Active Citizenship“
The regional conference „Media Literacy and Education Needs of Journalists and the Public“, was held on 28 and 29 March in Skopje organized by the Macedonian Institute for Media.
The conference was organized within the regional project „South-East European Partnership for Media Development“, implemented by the Center for Independent Journalism from Romania in cooperation with eight media organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria, with support from the European Union.
Conference on Media Literacy as a Premise for Active Citizenship
The Conference on Media Literacy as a Premise for Active Citizenship was held on 27 October 2017. Presented on this occasion was the report on the research into “Media Literacy in Macedonia: the Missing Link for Active Citizenship”.The event was organized by the School of Journalism and Public Relations, in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute from London and the “Nova Makedonija” daily, with the support of the European Union. More information on the publication, the conference and other activities and information of the School of Journalism regarding media literacy are available at http://www.medium.edu.mk/
Handbook on Personal Data Protection and the Media
A Handbook on Personal Data Protection and the Media has been published as part of the activities of the “Personal Data Protection and the Media” Project, financed by the EU’s IPA TAIB 2012 Programme and supported by the Directorate for Personal Data Protection. The handbook is available at the this link
Parents’ Guide for Children’s On-Line Privacy and Personal Data Protection
In the interest of protecting child population from access to indecent contents and communications, as well as abuse of personal data on the social networks, the Directorate for Personal Data Protection, the “Metamorphosis” Foundation for Internet and Society and the Skopje City high schools prepared a Parents’ Guide for Children’s On-Line Privacy and Personal Data Protection.
The Agency publishes the link to the Guide as part of the cooperation aimed ultimately at creating a network of relevant factors who will be cooperating to raise the level of media literacy among the citizens in the Republic of Macedonia.
The Guide can be downloaded at the following link: