Policy responses to false and misleading digital content
This working paper examines the emerging risk of false and misleading digital content and the role media literacy can play in empowering children.
Paradoxes of media and information literacy
This publication contributes to ongoing conversations about control of knowledge and different ways of knowing. It does so by analysing why media and information literacy (MIL) is proposed as a solution for addressing the current information crisis.
Media literacy in Australia: a qualitative study
This study examines the media literacy needs of those who are already experiencing disadvantage in society due to various reasons. Among the diverse range of groups that experience disadvantage, researchers focused on the needs of four groups: multicultural communities, people with disability, older people in...
The edge of the infodemic: challenging misinformation in Aotearoa
This report provides insights from a nationally representative survey of 2,301 New Zealanders on a range of interconnecting issues relating to misinformation and how this may lead to real-world harms and a general loss of trust.
Digital news report: Australia 2021
This report finds that the rapid increase in news consumption by Australians at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been maintained. The proportion of people paying for news has not increased, and interest in news has declined since 2020.
Adult media literacy in Australia: attitudes, experiences and needs
The findings in this report demonstrate that if we accept that media is integral to all aspects of our lives, far more needs to be done to address the needs of groups who are the least confident about their media abilities and who have access...
Media literacy in the library: a guide for library practitioners
As information providers and hubs for lifelong learning, libraries have always been resources for helping communities develop media literacy skills. This guide offers resources and ideas to plan programs and activities to teach media literacy skills to adults.
News and young Australians in 2020
Between 28 February and 16 March 2020, researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,069 young Australians aged 8-16 years to understand their news engagement practices and experiences. This report outlines the findings.
News and Australian teachers: how news media literacy is taught in the classroom
This research represents an attempt to better understand teachers’ current news media literacy practices, as one aspect of their broader digital media literacy education programs. The goal is to inform teachers, school leaders, educational systems and policy makers about the current state of play, from...
Mad Magazine is finished, but its ethos matters more than ever before
Today’s media environment differs considerably from the era in which Mad flourished. But it could be argued that consumers are dealing with many of the same issues, from devious advertising to mendacious propaganda.
NZ youth and porn
This report presents findings from a study into how and why young New Zealanders view online pornography. One in four young people first saw porn by the age of twelve, and three out of four young people have seen porn by the age of seventeen...
The YeS Project: educator guide
The YeS Project is a new digital and social health program encouraging young people to act as positive leaders and supportive friends in all their social spaces, especially online. The program helps spark proactive conversations between young people about their digital lives and practices, ultimately...
Insight five: a snapshot of media literacy in Australian schools
This report explores the challenge of teaching young people to separate fact from fiction in an age of online news manipulation. It also provides a detailed overview of recent research into news consumption trends in Australia and abroad, as well as the proliferation of misinformation...
The current discourse about the diminishing role of, trust in, and respect for facts, data, and analysis is often hamstrung by the use of conflicting language and unclear or undefined terms. Without a common language with which to discuss the problem, which we are calling...
The promises, challenges, and futures of media literacy
Media literacy has become a center of gravity for countering “fake news,” and a diverse array of stakeholders – from educators to legislators, philanthropists to technologists – have pushed significant resources toward media literacy programs.
Dead reckoning: Navigating content moderation after "fake news"
This report is intended to inform platforms, news organizations, media makers, and others who do not ask whether standards for media content should be set, but rather who should set them, who should enforce them, and what entity should hold platforms, the media industry, states...
Crinkling Newspaper folds under changing media landscape
Australia's media market has long been under pressure and now the only national children's newspaper, Crinkling News, has printed its last edition.
News and Australian children: how young people access, perceive and are affected by the news
This report details how young people in Australia consume and interact with news and media and underscores the need for a national direction in addressing media-literacy skills in young people.
Lexicon of lies: terms for problematic information
This guide is intended to inform commentators, educators, policymakers, and others who seek appropriate words for describing the accuracy and relevance of media content.
ICV Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade - Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief
This is the Islamic Council of Victoria's submission to the inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief.
Community uses of co-creative media
This report describes a dynamic ‘Co-creative Media System’ that is emerging. The report illustrates how this system activates the immense creative potential of the Australian population through the ongoing development and application of participatory storytelling methods and media.
The digital-only media consumer: Key findings from a conversation with all-digital millenials
This study offers insight on the digital-onlys, a sub-population of Millennials who only consume media through digital platforms. Based on informal group conversations with 16 to 34 year-olds, the study provides a snapshot of their daily media consumption and preliminary answers to why they regard...
Behind the screen: the hidden life of youth online
The generational divide between children and young people and their parents is perhaps most widely seen in their views and approaches to the internet and media literacy. With this in mind, how do we ensure that children and young people are safeguarded from harm in...