Citizens in a Mediated World

A Nordic-Baltic Perspective on Media and Information Literacy
Editor(s): Ingela Wadbring, Leo Pekkala

Digital technology has become a natural part of our daily lives and requires new skills, know­ledge and attitudes. Everyone can create their own media content and share it with others, and the distinction between reception and perception is erased.

This development represents a marked departure from the traditional media use of people, and challenges the perceptions about what it means to use and produce media in appropriate and meaningful ways. Critical media literacy, communication skills and competencies for creative and responsible content production have become increasingly important means for empowering people with Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in present media culture.

This book presents the discussions and conclusions from a conference on Media and Information Literacy that was held in Helsinki in May 2016, financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The event was organized by the NORDICOM (Nordic Information Centre for Media and Commu­nication Research), together with KAVI (National Audiovisual Institute) in Finland, jointly with the Nordic media and media education authorities: Media Council for Children and Youth in Denmark, Fjölmiðlanefnd (The Media Commission) of Iceland, Norwegian Media Authority and the Swedish Media Council.



Part I. Points of Departure

Citizens in a Mediated World: Introduction
Ingela Wadbring, Leo Pekkala

Note from the Finnish Minister of Education and Culture
Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

EU Policy and Actions Related to Media Literacy
Mari Sol Pérez Guevara

Part II. Overviews

News Literacy: Reinventing the Ideals of Journalism and Citizenry in the 21st Century
Auksė Balčytienė, Ingela Wadbring

Media Literacy and Expanding Public Spaces: Risks and Policies in the Baltic Countries
Auksė Balčytienė, Kristina Juraitė

Part III. The Fight Against Propaganda

Latvian Media Policy Responses to the Foreign Information Treath
Roberts Putnis

Meeting and Treating Extremism
Ewa Thorslund

Part IV. Commitment Is Required

Media and Information Literacy for Children and Parents
Hrefna Sigurjónsdóttir

Reaching Out for Young Adults
Saara Salomaa

Digital Bullying – A Matter of Health
Eva Liestøl

Interview with Kristiina Kumpulainen: From Digital Skills to Digital Citizenship: Insights from Research and Educational Practice

Hot Young Estonians – On Screen or Not?
Kadri Ugur

Part V. Conclusion

Citizens in a Mediated World: Some Final Words
Leo Pekkala, Ingela Wadbring

The Authors

Part VI. Appendix


Programme of the Conference Citizens in Mediated Worlds