The Australian Associated Press (AAP) commissioned two of Australia’s leading media literacy experts, including the DMRC’s Dr TJ Thomson, to write a series of articles about how to spot and combat misinformation.
- What is misinformation and how can media literacy combat it?
- How do you know what information sources to trust?
- How do you fact-check an image?
The articles come on the back of research by academics, including the DMRC’s Prof Michael Dezuanni, that found less than half of Australians say they are confident about their ability to check if information they find online is true.
Thomson co-authored the above articles with A/Prof Tanya Notley at Western Sydney University, who is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Media Literacy Alliance.
The National Film and Sound Archive, based in Canberra, also commissioned Thomson to write an article that explores the opportunities and responsibilities of public institutions in furthering media literacy.
All the articles coincide with the 10th annual Global Media and Information Literacy Week, commemorated from 24 to 31 October 2021, which seeks to combat misinformation and strengthen global citizenry’s thoughtful and responsible use of media.
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