Media Literacy and the Middle East

Media literacy is the process of accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating messages in a wide variety of forms. It uses an inquiry-based instructional model that encourages people to ask questions about what they watch, see, and read. Media literacy education is one means of developing media literacy. It provides tools to help people critically analyze messages to detect propaganda, censorship, and bias in news and public affairs programming (and the reasons for such), and to understand how structural features -- such as media ownership, or its funding model -- affect the information presented.

The following documents were selected to provide teachers with information about media literacy education and suggestions for integrating media literacy exercises and activities into existing curricula in order to cultivate a range of media literacy competences  among their students. News coverage of the Middle East region in particular provides a wealth of media material and a useful context for applying, synthesizing, and evaluating media literacy skills.  




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