OVERVIEW OF PLAYERS, RESOURCES AND REFERENCES IN THE FIELD OF MEDIA LITERACY
Тhe Overview includes all active players in the field of media literacy (state institutions, educational institutions, civil society organizations, media), web pages and platforms dedicated to media literacy or having content related to media literacy, references (international documents and recommendations, domestic regulations, documents and reports, surveys, analyses, guidebooks and other publications, educational literature, etc.), and other resources related to media literacy. The Overview is available at the link.
The DVD, titled “Information, Videos and other documents about Media Literacy” is the first project of part of the Network’s members. It is intended to be used in the primary schools in Macedonia. Its distribution was approved by the Office for Development of the Education, and is realized with the help of the Ministry of Education.
The leaflet “On Media Literacy”, was sent to the primary schools together with the DVD. The leaflet was prepared by the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services. Using simple language, it gives answers to the questions: “What is media literacy?”, “To whom is media literacy important?”, “Why is media literacy important?”, “Media literacy refers to which media?” and “How to critically assess media contents?”.
MIM Call for Project Proposals: Promoting Media and IT Literacy in Small Towns and Rural Areas
The Macedonian Media Institute announces a call for project proposals aimed at improving the capacity of civil society organizations to protect media pluralism and freedoms in the Western Balkans. The call is open to civil society organizations in the RN Macedonia active in the field of media, education, human rights or gender equality. The deadline for submitting concepts for project proposals is 12 October 2020. For more information, please visit this link.
The Media and Information Literacy Alliance Response to COVID-19
The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) assessed that disinformation and misinformation are like a disease – problematic, contagious, risky, and, in times of a pandemic – a matter of life or death. That is why UNESCO and GAPMIL members provided Response to the infodemic, which consists of webinars, exchange of useful information, support for crowdsourcing MIL activities against COVID-19, guidelines, educational resources, youth ambassadors’ campaigns, communication through MIL CLIKS etc. All information are available on the following click. The Macedonian Media Literacy Network is an active GAPMIL member since last year and is part of the current Response to COVID-19. At the moment, the Guidelines for Safe and Professional Reporting on Coronavirus by ZNM and SEMM. More…
The Network at a Time of Covid-19 Crisis: Free Movies for Children and Adults
In cooperation with the on-demand video platform Cinesquare.net, the newest member of the Network, Planet-M, has made it possible for children and teenagers from Macedonia and 12 other Balkan countries to watch, for free, 40 movies that are currently on the platform, within the segment titled KidSqare.
All the child needs to do is register using their e-mail address and password at www.cinesquare.net/#/kidsquare or the Cinesquare Android application, which is available in Google Play, and instead of paying, enter the code: GFF_Kids
Cinesquare (www.cinesquare.net) has launched a #StayHome campaign and provided free access to movies for the older categories as well (most of the movies are marked 13+ and 16+, while there are also a dozen marked 18+).
Media Literacy Network in times of Covid-19: Serious and responsibility amongst the media – members of the Network
The Public Service Broadcaster MRT is broadcasting a special program “TV Classroom” designed to make it easier for students to follow school learning programs during interruptions of regular school teaching. Also, within the morning program “Macedonia In the Morning”, MRT1 reports daily about the pandemic and reveals misinformation about the pandemic. More…
Media Literacy Network in times of Covid-19: Special site for debunking the onslaught of disinformation and media manipulations
The team of the Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink project, in synergy with the other Metamorphosis projects – the fact-checking service Truthmeter.mk, the regional initiative for countering cross-border disinformation in the Balkans led by News Agency Meta.mk and the news portal in Albanian language Portalb.mk, has focused their efforts to promote critical thinking and media literacy through debunking the onslaught of disinformation and media manipulations related to COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to make the verified health-related information by official sources and WHO more accessible to the citizens. The Truthmeter is a certified member of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and has been directly involved in its efforts to tackle the issue on global level. Read more..
MIM Campaign In Support of Professional Journalism
Prominent and respected journalists, editors, and media experts send out messages about the role of the journalists and the challenges they face, about investigative journalism, transparency and media funding, and the role of public service broadcasters, with the intention of reminding the citizens about what professional journalism is and about how to recognize it in the sea of information that reaches them. Read more…
Institute of Communication Studies (ICS)
COMPETITION FOR SELECTING SECONDARY SCHOOL JOURNALISTIC TEAMS TO MARK THE EUROPEAN MEDIA LITERACY WEEK 2020 “Be Media Active”
The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of North Macedonia and the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) hereby invite secondary school students in the country to apply for the #BeMediActive competition and jointly celebrate European Media Literacy Week 2020. Secondary school students should submit proposals for creating journalistic stories that they would produce in partnership with one of the media outlets in the Republic of North Macedonia. Read more…
Тhe Media Literacy Network held a two day Conference, “2019 Media Literacy Days”, on 14 and 15 November 2019, thus marking the closing of the event of the same name that had began on 22 October 2019.
As Agency Director Zoran Trajchevski pointed out, a number of joint activities with some of the members of the Media Literacy Network had been carried out in the past four weeks, including workshops for over 300 pupils and high-school students, workshops and meetings with representatives of women’s and pensioners’ organizations, open days for visit to the AAAVMS and other institutions, including the President of the State Stevo Pendarovski, and visits to the media. A number of debates, panel discussions, webinars were held as well, including the “Roberto Belichanec” award ceremony. Read more
Info on Activities Relating to 2019 Media Literacy Days Available on Facebook
Skopje, 22 October 2019 –With the aim of informing as many citizens as possible about the activities taking place at various vanues as part of the 2019 Media Literacy Days, events have been created on the Facebook social network.
Info on the activities scheduled in the first week of the Media Literacy Days (22.10. – 27.10.2019) are available at the link
Info on the activities during the second week (28.10. – 04.11.2019) are available at the link
Info on the activities during the third week (04.11. – 11.11.2019) are available at the link
Info on the activities during the fourth week (11.11. – 15.11.2019) are available at the link
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. More…
OSCE Mission in Skopje Announces Public Call for Preparing a Media Literacy Survey Design
Skopje, 4 July 2019 – The OSCE Mission in Skopje announced a public call today to engage a local service provider that would prepare a research, i.e. produce a survey design and data collections on the level of media literacy in the Republic of North Macedonia in 2019. More…
Alsat-M TV Places Media Literacy on Pedestal
Alsat-M TV hosted a workshop on media literacy for its own employees, as part of the “CriThink” project, financed by the European Union. The “in-house” training that was conducted by a team of Diversity Media, involved journalists and show hosts, and tackled topics such as caution with regard to hate speech, particularly when it comes to conveying news and information. An accent was also placed on the danger of ‘fake news’ that are taken over from other media. The participants shared their own opinions and experiences on how they deal with these negative phenomena that affect the credibility of journalistic profession, stressing the importance of verifying information before placing them in public.
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Study Visit for Capacity Building of Macedonian Media Literacy Network
Exchange of knowledge, experience and practices between representatives of Macedonian and Irish Media Literacy Networks was the purpose of the study visit to Dublin for a group of stakeholders from Macedonia, which was organized by MIM during November 13th and 14th, in the frames of the project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe. For more information please visit this link
November Competition for Bitola High-School Students on the Topic “Media Literacy and Critical Thinking” fgdgd
At the workshops held as part of the “Topic for a Dilemma” Project, a total of 140 high school students will receive relevant training and education.
The students had an opportunity to learn more details about medial literacy and critical thinking. This project is realized by the GANIMED Association from Bitola and the TV21 media partner, as part of the “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink” Project, which is conducted by the “Metamorphosis” Internet and Society Foundation and the “EuroThink” Centre for European Strategies.
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ICS announces the Week against Fake News from 12 until 18 November
The Institute for Communication Studies (ICS) is preparing a series of trainings, debates, online quizzes and videos, as part of the Week against Fake News, which will be held in the period between 12 and 18 November 2018, within the frameworks of the News and Digital Literacy Project, conducted by the Macedonian Institute for Media, the Institute for Communication Studies, the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers and the Media Diversity Institute from London.
The activities are aimed at promoting critical thinking and raising the awareness about the damage that fake news, manipulations and misinformation inflict upon the entire society.
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Workshops Held for the Students of Seven Bitola High Schools as part of the “Topic for a Dilemma” Project
On 22 October 2018, as part of the “Topic for a Dilemma” Project, the holding of began for the students of seven high schools in Bitola. The workshops envisage to provide media literacy knowledge for some 140 high school students from Bitola, expansion of their formal education and, most importantly, increase in their awareness with regard to critical thinking and selection of the media contents.
The project is being carried out by the GANIMED Association from Bitola and the TV21 media partner. It is part of the “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink” Project, which is conducted by the “Metamorphosis” Internet and Society Foundation and the “EuroThink” Centre for European Strategies. The project is financed by the European Union.
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Workshop Held on “Strengthening the Media Literacy Network of the Republic of Macedonia through Exchange of Experiences”
On 21 September 2018, the Macedonian Institute for Media, in cooperation with the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, held a workshop dedicated on “Strengthening the Media Literacy Network of the Republic of Macedonia through Exchange of Experiences”. The event was aimed at conveying experiences regarding the strategies and activities needed when planning media literacy projects, as well as good practices that have resulted from the relevant stakeholders’ cooperation. In this, an overview was presented of examples from the Republic of Ireland, which has an operational media literacy network and this concept enjoys the institutions and society’s significant support. For more information on the Workshop, please visit this link
Students from Macedonia, Croatia and Lithuania Raise Funds through Silent Auction of Photos with Philanthropic Messages
A STRET (“Students Today-Responsible Entrepreneurs Tomorrow”) Gala Event was held on 4 May 2018, at Telecom’s Innovation Centre, to raise funds through silent auction of photographs taken by students from Skopje, Rijeka and Radvilishkis, as part of the campaign “Show Some Love, Do Some Good, Join the STRET Neighbourhood”. The students from Macedonia, Croatia, Lithuania and Belgium will decide independently on donating or re-using the collected funds, by applying the principles of sustainability and strategic donation, which they have studied about in the previous stages of the project. For more information on this event, please visit this link.
School of Journalism and Public Relations
“Express Yourself through Media” Best Media Product Competition Launched for High-School Students
The School of Journalism and Public Relations has recently announced a contest for the best media products (photo-story, poster or one-minute video) created by high school students, on the topic “I wish my municipality would…”
The contest is open until 29 April 2018. The three best products will be awarded (a tablet, a mobile phone, a GoPro camera), while the authors of the 10 best products will take part in the one-week summer camp on media literacy this coming June.
The contest is part of the activities for promoting media literacy in Macedonia’s secondary education. For more details about the terms of participation and the application form, please visit: http://medium.edu.mk/srednoskolski-medium/izrazi-se-preku-mediumite.
School of Journalism and Public Relations
Conference Held on “Media Literacy in the Macedonian Formal Education: In or Out”
On 22 February 2018, in Skopje, a conference was held on “Media Literacy in the Macedonian Formal Education: In or Out”. At this event, the need was stressed for continuous trainings of the teaching staff in the primary and secondary schools. The event was organized by the School of Journalism and Public Relations, in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the “Nova Makedonija” daily. More information about the conference are available at the following link: http://medium.edu.mk
Skopje, 24 January 2018 – As part of its efforts to promote the development of media literacy, the Agency launched today the first project of the Media Literacy Network, prepared by several of its members – a DVD intended for the primary schools in the Republic of Macedonia. The project was financed by the Agency, and supported by the Bureau for the Development of Education and by the Ministry of Education, which will be disseminating the DVD to all primary schools around the Republic of Macedonia in the forthcoming period.
The DVD contains materials, video spots, the Convention on Children’s Rights and a leaflet from the Ombudsman explaining children’s rights, as well as the way in which they can be exercised. The materials will be used by the teachers when elaborating on the topics related to the media. Their purpose is to teach students how to receive information, how to determine the latter’s origin and build a critical approach to media contents.
“The importance of this project is two-fold: on one hand, teachers will receive concrete written and video materials that they can use to inspire themselves or as classroom resources and thus introduce media literacy into the primary schools in a more substantial fashion, while, on the other, cooperation both in and outside the Media Literacy Network is slowly but surely starting to function,” stressed the Agency Director Zoran Trajchevski at the launch.
Also addressing the present at the event were representatives of the School of Journalism and Public Relations, KonEdu Global, the Eurothink Centre for European Strategies and the Ombudsman, who spoke about the content of the materials with which they had contributed to the project, and expressed their pleasure with the mutual cooperation so far. The materials for the DVD had been provided by the Agency, the Macedonian Media Institute, Metamorphosis, the Infocentar NGO, Transparency Macedonia and the Helsinki Community for Human Rights.
Media Literacy Network in times of Covid-19: On-line lectures and podcasts
Youth Education Forum MOF, through their internet-based Radio MOF, conducts on-line lectures and podcasts using non-formal education through digital tools. It also holds online discussions, debates and workshops. MOF uses social media to post educational videos on the situation and how we should behave. One example of their work can be viewed at: https://www.radiomof.mk/video-marko-tamara-i-vildan-za-merkite-za-zashtita-od-kovid-19/
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…
The “Metamorphosis” Foundation and the “Eurothink” Centre for European Strategies are inviting all interested local civil society organizations and media to take part in the informative sessions regarding the Small Grants Programme as part of the “Critical Thinking for Media-wise Citizens –CriThink” Project. The small grants competition is the second of the two cycles within the Small Grants Programme and was announced on 31 May, to be open until 15 July 2019. The second cycle is envisaged to give away 10 grants to support projects from the eight planning regions of Macedonia. Individual grants will be allocated, in amounts ranging from Euro 6,000 to Euro 7,000. More…
Skopje, 13 February 2019 – The eighth World Radio Day, which is marked on this day under the UNESCO auspices, this year is celebrated internationally under the motto “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.
Radio, as an universal medium that reaches various communities and marginalized groups, is the perfect platform for educating, encouraging public debates, as well as fighting against violence and conflicts.
The power of the radio lies in its sound, but also in the silence. By informing and educating, this powerful tool brings down the barriers, at the same time uniting and promoting changes.
The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services congratulates the World Radio Day to all radio stations in the Republic of Macedonia and invites them to mark this date in an appropriate way, through debates and discussions.
The European Commission selected the MAMIL project of the School of Journalism and Public Relations as one of the 10 best projects on media literacy in Europe in 2019.
On 19 March 2019, in Brussels, representatives of the School will present their activities that promoted media literacy, and will try to win one of the three prestigious awards granted by the European Commission: An award for the most innovative project on media literacy; An award for the most educational project on media literacy, and An award for the project with the greatest potential to promote media literacy. More…
MEDIUM – High-school Newspaper
The High School of Journalism and Public Relations organized, for the fourth time in a row, the Media Day for the high-school students in Macedonia. A total of eight media outlets – “Nova Makedonija” daily, MRT 1 Promo, TV21, TERA TV (Bitola), TV Plus Kumanovo), TV Vis from Strumica, Makfax, and Radio MOF – were the hosts of more than 130 high school students from Skopje, Debar, Valandovo, Bogdanci, Kavadarci, Veles, Bitola, Kumanovo and Sveti Nikole.
The students had an opportunity to find out from their hosts more details about the functioning of various information desks and media outlets, to discuss the journalistic profession and learn about the professional journalistic standards. The event was organized as part of the “Coalition for Media Literacy” Project, which the High School of Journalism and Public Relations carries out in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute from London and the “Nova Makedonija” daily, with the support of the European Union.
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Medial Literacy Studied Insufficiently at Elementary Schools
The High School of Journalism and Public Relations organized a conference on the topic of “Media Literacy in Education – Premise for Youth Participation in the Social and Political Processes in Macedonia, as part of the three-year project called “Media Literacy Coalition”. The conference took place on 18 December 2018, in Skopje.
Participating in the event were some 100 students, professors, teachers, civil society activists, who were part of the “Medium” high-school newspaper and the Media Literacy Coalition, as well as representatives of the Bureau for the Development of Education and the Ministry of Education and Science.
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Analysis of Media Literacy among Youth as part of the Project “A Media Literate Citizen – for Honour with No Stress, Find the Right News”
The Media Plus – Association from Shtip published an Analysis, based on the surveys conducted in a number of towns in the eastern part of the country, in cooperation with Kanal 77 Radio, as part of the Media Literacy Project that carried out with the support of “Metamorphosis”.
Although media literacy is something that is being taught as early as the third grade – at least, this is what the competent authorities claim – however, a considerable number of citizens, youth above all, are media illiterate. This fact is confirmed to a certain extent by the results of the surveys conducted by Kanal 77 in three towns in the eastern part of Macedonia for the needs of this Analysis. The Analysis may be found at the link given below.
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Bitola Marks Media Literacy Week
Within the frameworks of the “Topic for a Dilemma” project, as part of the “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink” Project, the Media Literacy Week was marked in Bitola for the first time, with a large number of activities. The main accent of this project, which was carried out by the “Ganimed” Association from Bitola, together with 21 TV as a media partner, was placed on freedom of the media, freedom of expression and media-related skills such as critical thinking among the youth.
The project began with workshops for the high-school students, continued with a quiz, while a competition was announced during the Media Literacy Week, on the topic “Media Literacy and Critical Thinking”, in two categories: a poster with the best slogan and a poser with the best quote. For more information please visit www.youtube.com
Grant-receivers of the “CriThink” Project Pay Visit to the Agency
The grant-receivers of the small-grant programme as part of the “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink” Project, organized by the “Metamorphosis” Foundation and the “EuroThink” Centre for European Strategies, paid a visit to the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services on 2 November 2018.
The representatives of the civil society organizations had an opportunity to learn about the competences of the Agency and its everyday operations, the projects of broader public interests and the possibility to submit complaints against the work of the broadcasters, print media and cable operators. A special accent was placed on the activities aimed at promoting media literacy in the Republic of Macedonia, the functions and activities of the Media Literacy Network and the guidelines on how civil society organizations may become a part of it.
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Introductory Meeting with the Grant Receivers of the Small-Grant Programme of the “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink” Project
Within the frameworks of the small-grant programme, as part of the “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink” Project, an introductory meeting was held at the Citizen Resource Centre in Skopje, on 19 October 2018. At this meeting, through the presentations they held, the six grant-receivers from six different plan regions in Macedonia had an opportunity to acquaint the pubic with their projects and exchange ideas for further implementation of the activities.
Additionally, the meeting was used to also hold a training session, at which the grant receivers were given instructions on managing their projects, on the plan for monitoring and evaluation of the implemented activities, and on the way in which they could make their projects visible to the broader public.
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The CriThink Media Literacy Project Calls for Small Grant Applications
The launch event of the “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink” Project was held on 1 June 2018. The project will be implemented in the course of the following three years by the Metamorphoses Foundation in partnership with Eurothink, supported by the European Union. Its goal is to promote cooperation towards developing critical thinking and media literacy in the spirit of openness and cooperation among all stakeholders. On this occasion, a call for applications was announced for 16 small grants, in the amount of Euro 5,000-7,000 евра per grant, to be awarded to civil society organizations. The application deadline is 6 July 2018, 17:00 hrs, solely by using the project’s standard online application form, available at its official website, http://crithink.mk.
Macedonian Institute for Media
Efficient Self-Regulation and Media-Literate Citizens – For Responsible Online Communication
Promotion of critical thinking and media literacy among the users of social networks, raising of the political culture of communication, efficient and independent self-regulation online and consistent implementation of the laws, were some of the proposals for resolving the problems of Internet communication underlined at the Conference on the “Rights and Responsibilities of Internet Communication”, held on 26 April 2018.
The event was organized by the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM), as part of the joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe, titled “Enhancing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and Media in Southeast Europe” (JUFREX). For more information, visit this link
Youth Media Literacy” is focused on young people whose awareness of the media literacy is non-existing or on a low level, but who are interested to participate in qualitative sharing of their views and ideas, as well as to report about events and happenings whose end goal is to cause social change. “Youth Media Literacy” project will conduct three weekend trainings for 60 young people from Skopje, Veles and Tetovo, and one training for civil organizations resulting with production of educational contents for freedom of expression of young people from marginalized communities, regardless of the sex, ethnicity, social status and sexual and gender identity. Once the trainings are completed, the participants will work on creating media products through the process of mentorship.
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/.