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MEDIA-HACKS aims to develop the media literacy skills of local communities by supporting citizens to become both producers of reliable media content and ethical consumers of content. The project team, working alongside local communities will build the skills of citizens to cope with the stresses and strains of society today by mitigating the impact of fake-news campaigns aimed at destabilising the status quo. Local communities in Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic will participate in local community audits, training workshops, and European exchanges building the media and information literacy skills.

About

The era of fake news and disinformation is upon us; and research tells us that Europeans are struggling to deal with it. What worries people most, is that so many of us are unable to tell whether a story is real or false (Statista, 2018). The frequency with which we encounter disinformation and its potential to influence the way we think, how we vote, and what we believe, has made it an important issue in society today. On average, 66% of European citizens’ encounter fake news or disinformation on a weekly basis, with 37% of citizens witnessing disinformation on their news feeds every day (Statista, 2019). Fake News and disinformation is an evolving challenge, with high potential to negatively influence democratic processes and societal debates. Our aim is to raise awareness amongst local communities about these issues through accessible resources and to equip them with the skills to support each other to become both producers of reliable media content and ethical consumers of content. Using an asset-based community development approach, we will identify the skills, assets and capabilities within the community and create a media literacy framework that is sustainable into the future.

Resources

As part of the MEDIA HACKS project, we will:

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Develop a Community Audit Toolkit and implement a large-scale community audit process lead by local Media Action Groups in seven EU countries

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Create a new Community Media Skills training programme and host a series of learning and development workshops

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Offer media moderating resources and training for communities operating in today’s social media environment 

As part of the community-building ethos of the project, we will also develop an in-service training programme for adult and community educators as they will be the main intermediaries delivering the training developed by MEDIA HACKS and providing ongoing support to the community media teams.

All training resources and materials will be available on the MEDIA-HACK MOOC at www.mediahacks.eu. We hope that the communities will create a community of practice and share their experiences and expertise through a series of mobilities and exchanges funded by the project.

Our Partners

Seven partners are bringing their expertise together, as part of this Erasmus+ project, to develop a community-building methodology and provide training in media literacy in seven community locations across Europe.

Future in Perspective

Future in Perspective, acting as project coordinator, is a private company specialising in the areas of education and e-learning, media production, strategic planning and business development. Through our work on national and EU funded projects, we have engaged and supported local youth groups, migrant communities, older persons, and individuals who have been absent from education to re-engage with service providers and mainstream education and training offerings.  We have expertise in supporting businesses in niche markets such as the creative, cultural and green sectors to develop sustainable business models.  In addition, we have collaborated with young people and adults to deliver a range of diverse programmes in the areas of media production and career management – supporting the next generation of creative individuals to build and sustain successful careers in the sector. More information: www.futureinperspective.com

Skills Elevation FHB

Skills Elevation FHB (Berlin) is an SME founded in 2016 with a mission to provide an alternative educational methodology to support the social, emotional and cognitive development of marginalised groups and front-line educators to integrate new pedagogic approaches into their everyday practice. The company is committed to providing a creative space and a ‘living lab’ for educational innovation, experimentation and development with a view to offering new methodologies and resources to address persistent social, economic and integration issues that pertain in all EU Member States. FHB focuses on applying the expertise available to design and produce state-of-the-art learning and teaching materials using open-source technologies for both non-formal and informal settings. Berlin has a reputation as being a centre for creativity and expression but beneath the surface there remains many problems that require different approaches than those provided by mainstream providers.

More information: www.skillselevationfhb.com

 

Rightchallenge

Rightchallenge is a non-governmental organisation which aims to promote education and training as a means of social inclusion. We believe that education must focus on the holistic development of all people, in order to prepare them to participate in all dimensions of society, such as family, work and leisure. So, as an organisation actively engaged with the community, we provide consultancy services and curriculum design in the field of adult education and community development, and support communities at risk of social exclusion with volunteering opportunities and socio-educational programmes aiming to improve digital and media literacy skills.

More information: www.rightchallenge.org

INNEO

Inneo is the association based in Rzeszow, southern Poland. The main field of activity is providing training and career guidance. Inneo is experienced in providing training in areas such as computer service training, managing on labour market and entrepreneurship. We were involved in more than 20 Erasmus+ projects focusing mostly on supporting young people on labour market. Inneo is experienced in development of training materials, conducting research, dissemination of project results, development of promotional materials and audio-video editing.

More information: www.inneo.org.pl

 

Polygonal

Polygonal is a non-profit established in the rural areas in the south of Rome focused on digital education for social empowerment. Working mainly in the areas related to innovative practices in digital education for social change, digital social software, and the engagement of women, adults, migrants and minorities. Polygonal run a youth community centre dedicated to students and young people in general. Our educational core is an e-learning platform used by thousands of learners.

More information: www.polygonal.ngo

 

AKLUB

AKLUB Centre of Education and Counselling is an educational and non-profit organisation from the Czech Republic. AKLUB provides educational programmes and other services to three different target groups:

1. Professionals and experts (teachers, social workers, social and career counsellors, psychologists, seminar leaders, youth coaches and professionals in companies).

2. Young people. In cooperation with schools, we develop new tools for education and motivation of young people. We also provide them with counselling service and career guidance.

3. Disadvantaged people (for example unemployed people, young people without working experience, disabled people, NEET´s, people at risk of social exclusion, people over 50, migrants etc.). We provide them with educational courses, integration programs and counselling to help them solve various life situations.

More information: www.aklub.org

 

INFODEF

INFODEF, Institute for the Promotion of Development and Training, is a private and independent research, development and innovation centre whose mission is to design and carry out projects that contribute to achieving sustainable and inclusive development through education, culture and innovation. The centre, recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Science as Innovative SME, designs and develops innovative tools, methodologies and services that respond to current social and economic challenges. Our goal is to enable the anticipation and promotion of the changes necessary to achieve the future goals and objectives of society. 

INFODEF supports the modernization of educational systems and pedagogical innovation in public and private educational institutions at national and European level. One of the main areas of expertise of INFODEF is the design of innovative methodologies and instruments to support the work of professionals involved with specific target groups, such as young people, migrants, low-skilled adults, people with disabilities, prisoners and other disadvantaged groups.

More Information: www.infodef.es

 

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Events and Workshops

Community Media Summits

Community Media Summits will take place in June 2022 to introduce the new media infrastructure created to the wider community and encourage residents to complete the media training resources developed to build their media literacy capacity to understand fake news and how to deal with it effectively. These summits will be an invaluable opportunity for the MEDIA HACKS project to share with residents in the local area, adult and community educators, and stakeholders interested in establishing their own community media framework – building a Community of Practice across Europe.

Learning Exchanges for Adult Educators

Teaching adult and community educators to mitigate the threat of fake news begins with building their own digital literacy so that they know how to validate media content and identify the mechanisms used to spread disinformation and fake news. It is only by building their own skills in this area, that educators will be able to support other educators in their local area and the community at large where they work to address this insidious threat. The 3-days training event will be hosted in the Czech Republic and will comprise workshop-based, hands on training introducing the full suite of training resources developed by the project.

Learning Exchanges for Citizens

MEDIA HACKS will offer the opportunity for members of the local community media management teams across Europe to come to Ireland in May 2022 to share their experiences of community media and discuss the best approaches to be used for managing the moderation of media content and building digital literacy skills of local communities. Prospects for future exchange of good practice projects under Erasmus + will also be explored.

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project Number: 2020-1-IE01-KA204-066032

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