The ability to access, use, analyse, create, and share information and media is essential for full participation in society. However, not all Australians have this ability, while many Australians do not have access to any media literacy support.
The Civic Media Literacy platform aims to support groups and communities in Australia that have been identified as being more likely to experience digital and media exclusion and/or have a lower level of media literacy.
By bringing together cultural institutions, government agencies, media organisations, civil society organisations, and citizens, this platform seeks to advance the ability of all citizens to use information, media and digital technologies to participate fully in society.
The platform also seeks to investigate problems that emerge because of poor and inappropriate media and technology design, distribution, and regulation, including misinformation, digital exclusion, political polarisation, media bias and racism.
This platform is part of the International Media and Information Literacy Institute and the Australian Media Literacy Alliance. It is led by Associate Professor Tanya Notley.
The Platform for Civic Media Literacy aims to ensure that media and digital literacy initiatives support citizens to:
- Engage with their democracy and communities
- Benefit from the knowledge economy and consumer choice
- Participate in lifelong learning and cultural expression opportunities
It will achieve this by:
- Carrying out research that will be published and presented in ways that are accessible to civic society organisations and the public
- Co-developing media and digital participation frameworks and guides to translate research into action
- Supporting communities of practice that seek to address inequalities and injustices in media and technology participation
Marina Botelho, Visiting Research Fellow 2023-2024
Marina Botelho is a PhD research candidate at the Universidade Paulista (UNIP) in Brazil, where she holds a research fellowship. She is currently working on media literacy games for young people, specifically role-playing games (RPGs). She completed her Master Degree in Education degree (UFLA), where she worked on media literacy in early teacher education, in relation to Brazilian cinema. She is a specialist in Cinema and Audiovisual Language and has a Bachelor Degree in Communication (UFJF). Marina has dedicated the last few years to studying the Brazilian political scene during the Covid-19 pandemic, focusing on fake news and disinformation in social media, with some parallel studies on games for educational purposes and film. She has worked as a professor in several universities, as a journalist and as a writer. In 2023-2024 Marina will be at Western Sydney University to continue her research on media literacy for young people, comparing Brazilian and Australian needs and contexts. She will also contribute to ARC Project, Addressing Misinformation with Media Literacy Through Public Cultural Institutions.
Sherri Hope Culver, Fullbright Scholar 2022-2023
Sherri Hope Culver serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication. Prior to her academic appointment, Sherri worked in the media industry for over 25 years as a producer and television executive. Her industry experience ranges from serving as a reporter for a public television news organisation to writing and producing educational programs for young viewers. She currently produces and hosts the television series, Media Inside Out and the podcast series, Kids Talk Media. In 2022-2023 Sherri will spend time at Western Sydney University as a Fulbright Scholar to study children’s television in Australia, Brazil and the UK.
Stephanie Niu, Fullbright Scholar 2023
Stephanie Niu is a poet and author of She Has Dreamt Again of Water, winner of the 2021 Diode Chapbook Prize. She received her degrees in symbolic systems and computer science from Stanford University. Her poems have appeared in Southeast Review, Poets Readings the News, Breakwater Review, and Storm Cellar, as well as scientific collaborations including the 11th Annual St. Louis River Summit. Stephanie will spend time at Western Sydney University as a Fulbright Scholar to focus on decolonizing historical narratives through digital techniques, including podcast production, map-making, and digital visualization. Stephanie will specifically examine Chinese mine laborers on Christmas Island.