This is a rough write up of the notes I made for my talk to Podcamp Ireland on the topic of Teaching Teenagers Critical Thought and Media Literacy. My description of what I wanted to say was so maladroit that it was a great surprise to me when I actually got people coming in to hear me speak. Many thanks to all of them.
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I'm in Kilkenny today, at Podcamp Ireland. It is a very diverse group of people- more demographically spread than any other gathering I've been to. I was talking about using the PaperRound methodology to teach media literacy, and broader critical thinking, to, mostly, Transition Year Students.
Back in November 2006, when we undertook our first Paper Round analysis, one of the very first stories I read was a front-pager, in a “quality" daily, which purported to alert the nation to the problem of employee fraud but was based entirely on quotes from a man who solved this self-same problem for a living.
Last week I noticed something peculiar- The Paper Round's raw coverage (which was presented in the form of a wiki to allow for interested parties to add their views) had vanished. If I go to the Paper Round front page now I getMyWiki has a problemSorry. This site is experiencing technical difficulties.
Ever since I read Ireland's newspapers with a critical eye while working on the Paper Round Project, I've been thinking about the significance of what I found. Newspapers are mostly not delivering anything like the news I'd like to read. That's true of Irish Newspapers, but also of other papers around the world.
A short time ago Cian Ginty of Blurred Keys very kindly sent me, amongst other bloggers, an invitation to go along to one of the Cleraun Media Forum sessions. These are monthly get-togethers where media professionals and anyone else "working / teaching / studying / interested in media" can meet to discuss some aspect of the profession.
Prangle. ie (this urban dictionary definition notwithstanding) is a press release service recently launched by a former Sunday Times journalist, Douglas Dalby. It promises to make sense of the hundreds of press releases that daily issue forth from agencies, and target them specifically to the needs of the each journo’s particular beat.
Episode one of an occasional series of Paper Round Podcasts. If you subscribe to the full tuppenceworth. ie podcast feed in iTunes or your podcatching program of choice, you also get a bonus set of essays on artworks in the National Gallery.