ABC Education and Australian Media Literacy Alliance unite to combat ‘fake news’

To mark its third annual national Media Literacy Week, ABC Education has partnered with the newly formed Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA) to combat the spread of spin, misinformation and “fake news” around the world.

AMLA brings together some of the nation’s leading cultural and educational institutions to advocate for high-quality education programs and resources and to raise awareness of the need for robust media literacy education for all Australians.

The 2020 Media Literacy Week, from 26-31 October, features special events to help teachers and students navigate the news and media landscape, including:

ABC Education’s Media Literacy website also features new resources to teach students about using data and statistics, as well as  “fake news” interactives and  online lessons with RMIT/ABC Fact Check about subjects such as “information disorder” and spotting fake images.

Annabel Astbury, ABC Head of Education, said:

“The ABC is delighted to partner with AMLA in educating people about the essential need of media literacy for all Australians. Through Media Literacy Week and the ABC Education Website, we will connect students and teachers with high quality and trustworthy content that equips them with the skills to think critically about the media they consume and create every day.”

Sue McKerracher, Executive Director of ALIA and AMLA representative, said:

“If ever there has been a time for promoting authentic, accurate, timely information over fake news and misinformation, it is now – during a global pandemic. We very much welcome this leadership from the ABC. Media Literacy Week gives us a focus for our awareness-raising work and valuable content to share with our audiences.”

The ABC’s third national Media Literacy Week coincides with UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week, from 24-31 October, which promotes media literacy as a way to foster social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.

Visit https://www.abc.net.au/education/media-literacy/ and join the conversation: #medialitwk.

About the Australian and Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA)

AMLA partners collaborate to develop a united approach to media literacy for all Australians. Its efforts focus on supporting lifelong learning, especially for those who may be vulnerable to disinformation or digital exclusion.

Founding members are ABC Education, Australian Library and Information Association, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Film and Sound Archives, National and State Libraries Australia, Queensland University of Technology and Western Sydney University.

For more information: https://medialiteracy.org.au/ or [email protected].

About ABC Education

ABC Education delivers high-quality educational content for use at home and in classrooms. ABC Education resources are mapped to the Australian Curriculum, covering English, maths, science, geography, history, arts and technologies, including STEM.

For more information: http://education.abc.net.au or @ABCEducationAU_

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