Media and information literacy training organised in Podgorica

Montenegro Media Institute organised a training of media and information literacy(MIL), on Monday, 28.01.2019. Training gathered 18 participants coming from different civil society organisations, cultural centers, radio stations, associations of students, Union of high schools students, libraries. Participants had opportunity to actively participate throughout the work process and to incorporate the presented knowledge during the practical part of the work. Training was held by our trainers who underwent international training, Mrs Gordana Ljubanović and Mrs Nađa Dragović. 

Participants were introduced with media and information literacy as a critical re-examination of media content, where media literate person should be able to discern, at all times, in everything he/she reads, hears, or sees, the essentials from non-essentials, to recognize the elements of propaganda or covert advertising, to detect the implicit and explicit hate speech, and, after recognizing the explicit one, to notice all of the manipulative strategies coming from media and politicians, to assume what is tendentiously embedded, and what tendentiously omitted.

The aim of the workshop was to teach CSOs how to integrate MIL activities in their work, in a simple and interesting way. Having in mind wide range of  participants background, they were presented different tools, lists of exercises, materials they can use. As a main modules that should be considered when talking about MIL trainers emphasized: Visual literacy, Media and Diversity, Verification of the information, Online safety, Media functioning that were later on addressed through the practical tasks and games.

Media and information literacy importance was also explained through the perspective of age. Firstly, as essential, working on media literacy with children was pointed as important because of their high exposure to media content that they cannot fully understand. Secondly, challenging and wide range work with youth, so-called digital natives that is marked with few characteristics: it is possible to discuss the complex social and media context in which one message is created and in which it spreads; It is also possible to consider the potential impacts of message on different age and social groups; Young people have wider technical knowledge of tools and gadgets, and also more patience, so it is possible to work with them using more table activities; At this age, the formation of more complex views begins, and it makes this the right time for discussions on myths and stereotypes, as well as on implicit and explicit forms of hate speech. Thirdly, inclusion of the elderly population in educational media literacy programs should be encouraged in the future, primarily for the sake of prevention of digital exclusion. Despite existing stereotypes, the elderly have different interests and different views of the world and different ability to understand content and information.

The participants of the training showed great interest during their work and actively participated in the whole day process. After completed training, the participants rated training as very useful, with applicable tools, viewed from different generational angles, with well-processed topics, with professional lecturers and practical workshops.

 

Mićan Andrijašević, NGO Juventas

One of the participants Mićan Andrijašević finds information gained very useful.  He sees civil society organisations as very important stakeholders in promoting Mil. For him, knowing about different approaches and tools for different target groups, was important. Other participant Teodora Pavićević explained that her motivation for the training was to learn new information and  later on to share with her friends and colleagues.

 

Teodora Pavićević, Student Radio ,,Krš”

Trainer Gordana Ljubanović, experienced in the field of MIL and one of the pioneer initiators of MIL projects within the National library Đurđe Crnojević, emphasized that she was very glad to have wide range of participants, from students to older and more experienced ones, who both showed high interest and motivation. In her opinion it is good to do similar activities in this field continuously, and to remind society all the time how important media and information literacy is.

 

Gordana Ljubanović, trainer and consultant
 
Trainer Nađa Dragović, longtime activist with more than ten years of experience in different learning programs for CSOs,  explained that these training are important not only for participants but also for trainers, because after every feedback, future activities can be developed according to the real needs in this field. 

 

Nađa Dragović, trainer and consultant

Training is activity within the regional program “Media for Citizens – Citizens for Media: Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs for the Development of Media and Information Literacy in the Western Balkans” which is implemented with the support of the European Union. In Montenegeo, project is co-funded by Ministry of Public Administration.