NEWS | 18 Apr 2017

Study visit from the Baltic states

Shaping networks and exchanging experiences, nationally and globally, is important for the work of Nordicom. This time, we hosted a study visit from the Baltic states on the theme of Media and information literacy (MIL). 

The study visit was arranged by The International Clearinghouse of Children, Youth and Media/Nordicom, together with The Swedish Media Council and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company. The visitors were a group from the Baltic states, who were all interested in MIL issues, and active in different organisations, authorities, universities and libraries. 

The visit began at the Swedish Film Institute, where the Swedish Media Council is located. Catharina Bucht, from The International Clearinghouse of Children, Youth and Media, presented the Clearinghouse’s long-standing work with MIL issues internationally, and Ingela Wadbring, director of Nordicom, presented Nordicom’s latest publication—Citizens in a Mediated World—which gives a Nordic-Baltic perspective on MIL. 

In the discussion that followed, the question of how to best spread the result of our work to make it useful and make a difference, was raised. The Clearinghouse and Nordicom highlighted the importance of spreading the publications widely, taking part in conferences, initiating co-operation, participating in events and holding lectures. 

Ewa Thorslund, director of the Swedish Media Council, continued the day by explaining the changes and trends that are visible in today’s media landscape. In a society where it is easier than ever to seek information and news, and to shape your own media diet, it’s important that minors are being empowered as conscious media users. The Swedish Media Council are working on shaping MIL material for education, to be used by parents, educators and people who meet children and young people in their profession. Some examples are: MIL for me, the No Hate Speech Movement and several podcasts focusing on, for example, source criticism. 

The day also included a guided tour of the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, followed by a presentation of their work in shaping MIL material for educational purposes. The question of how to make sure that children and youth aren’t “overdosed” by MIL education, and thereby become overly critical, not thinking anything is true, was brought up. Maria Nordmark, at the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, suggested that we work by including the target groups, both in the actual programs that are being made, but also in the decision-making processes involved in creating the content. 

Big thanks to everyone who participated!


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