Media literacy

Report

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...
Report

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.
Commentary

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.
Report

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...
Journal article

Sexualised media and critical media literacy: a review of the Australian and the United States primary school curriculum frameworks

The objective of this study was to review curriculum documents produced in the Australia and United States contexts to assess their capacity to provide teachers and schools with guidance on educating primary school aged children about media analysis and media influence.
Guide

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...
Report

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...
Report

Truth decay

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...
Guide

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.
Journal article

Why do people share fake news? A sociotechnical model of media effects

This paper uses active audience approaches to media consumption to investigate and critique the phenomenon known as “fake news.”