Media literacy and development of critical thinking skills are an important topic of our present. There is a general opinion that youger population has not been well informed about current situation in their own country or the world in general and that they take information and the news for granted without critically thinking them through.
Being avare of that problem, I decided to become a part of Intelectu@l media literacy project, one of a few activites at our school that is not directly connected with science. The activity has been initiated by, geography professor Tomislav Golubić media and journalism enthusiast. The main aim of the project is to make teenagers interested in media study of any kind and to teach them how to differentiate thruthful and competent news from those that are not, as well as to share them in public Facebook group if they think that their news is interesting enought to intrigue the reader. Professor Jelena Jurišić, from Department of Croatian Studies, commenting on students posts helps to improve our journalist skills with every following news. Futhermore the professor Jurišić also tought us how to write a lead . The lead is a summary of an article in a few short sentences which should provoke the reader to read the whole story. It should not contain any questions but it has to be clear. The criteria for choosing the news is simple, it has to be up-to-date, educational, interesting, useful and important. Being up-to-date is the most important criterion because the reader should be aware of what is happening ‘around him’ at every moment. After reading any news we should be able to connect and associate it with the knowledge that we already have about the topic. Naturally, the news being interesting plays a big role, especially amongst teenagers and would make them decide whether to read the story or not. Different information effect us from different aspects, so we have to recognise what news is useful and important for us as locals, as students and future intellectuals.
Join us and become an intelectual
In 2018 the period of intense seeking of news stories and information will be from the 5th of March until the end of the month. Students are separated into four publishing groups: daily-political, INFOtainment, sports and weather. It is recommended that every student tracks five local and five foreign media sources and posts about two articles a day about a topic depending on the publishing group the student is in.
After a month of constant publishing the goal would be to gather all the stories and organisethem on a geographic map to bring entirely different acess to media.
As for the students the path should be opened and directed to follow the media but they shouldn’t feel it as an obligation but much more a need to develope an awareness of the outside world.
All students who want to learn how to make constructive critics and develop their own point of view are very welcome to join the Intelectu@l media literacy project at our school.
Ariana Pakušić, Vladimir Prelog Science School Zagreb