UNESCO Media Literacy Exercises

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The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change is part of UNESCO's global effort   

to support freedom of expression around the world

via a Global Media Literacy Curriculum and Toolkit


International experts in freedom of expression and freedom of the press (see list below) gathered at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to create a set of Media Literacy exercises for secondary and undergraduate-level students.

The educational materials linked here are intended to deepen understanding of freedom of expression and press freedom among young people world-wide.

 Click on the four topics in the right-hand bar to see the UNESCO Toolkit exercises

Lead editor for the UNESCO effort, Prof. Susan Moeller, director of ICMPA and co-founder of the Salzburg Academy, drafted a Freedom of Expression curriculum for international experts to review. Those educators added their recommendations for ways for schools to teach freedom of expression — ways drawn from their own experiences and relevant to their respective political and cultural environments.

This UNESCO-Salzburg Academy project is the follow-up curricular project to UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education for Developing Countries & Emerging Democracies that was launched in Singapore in June 2007 by UNESCO, AEJMC and AMIC.  The World Association of Newspapers also supported this effort


The following helped to create the UNESCO Toolkit materials available on this site:

UNESCO Paris and WAN meetings hosts
Mogens Schmidt, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information and Director of Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace. Paris, France.

George Papagiannis, program specialist, UNESCO’s Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace. Paris, France.

Aralynn Abare McMane, director of youth readership for the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). Paris, France.

Project lead editor and author
Susan Moeller, director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) and associate professor of Media and International Affairs at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. USA.

Evelyne Bevort, director of Centre de liaison de l'enseignement et des medias d'information (CLEMI). The Clemi (centre for liaison between teaching and information media) is part of the French Ministry of Education. Paris, France.

Kwame Karikari, professor in journalism and mass communication at the School of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana and executive director of the Media Foundation for West Africa. Accra, Ghana.

Hisham Kassem, Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign affairs, columnist for the Aldostour newspaper and holder of Kassem Press Company. From 1996 to 2004 he was the founder and publisher of the Cairo Times. Cairo, Egypt.

Daoud Kuttab, Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and founder of Arab world's first internet radio station AmmanNet. Recipient of the CPJ Freedom of Expression Award, the IPI World Press Freedom Hero, PEN Club USA Writing Freedom Award and the Leipzeg Courage in Freedom Award. Princeton, USA and Amman, Jordan.

Peter Laufer
, journalist, former reporter for NBC News, CBS and ABC radio, and the public radio program Marketplace. USA.

Li Xiguang, director of the Center for International Communication Studies and professor and academic dean of the Department of Communications at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Raymond Louw, Deputy Chairperson, Media Institute of Southern Africa and former editor of the Rand Daily Mail. South Africa.

Aralynn Abare McMane, director of youth readership for the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). Paris, France.

Roxana Morduchowicz, Director of the Media Education Program for the National Ministry of Education in Argentina and Full Professor in the School of Communication at the Buenos Aires National University. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Protima Naidu, Newspapers in Education (NIE) Manager, Hindustan Times, India.

Martin Phillips, educational consultant working in curriculum design and assessment for English and Media Education in the UK.

Andrei Richter, Director and Founder of the Moscow Media Law and Policy Institute, and Associate Professor at the School of Journalism, Moscow State University. Moscow, Russia.

Björn Richter, board member of the European Youth Press and media-trainer and journalist, Berlin, Germany.

Marguerite Sullivan, senior director of the Center on International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy and former Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO at the U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC. USA.

Gerard van der Weijden, educational consultant and Director, STEPP, The Netherlands.

Gabriela Warkentin de la Mora, UNESCO Chair in Communication and Head of the Communication Department at Universidad Iberoamericana and Director of the university's Radio Station, ibero90.9radio. Mexico City, Mexico



More links between the Salzburg Academy & UNESCO:  

Read the article "Freedom of Expression: A Right to be Taught" in the UNESCO Courier written by Susan Moeller, the lead editor for the UNESCO Freedom of Expression Curriculum and Toolkit and the Salzburg Academy lead professor. Moeller writes:

Media have never been more vital for the nurturing of civil society but freedom of expression is now in retreat. No society can be free, open and fair without a diversity of voices. To remedy this situation, students of journalism must first be taught to develop a critical mind.

The UNESCO Courier is the flagship publication of UNESCO, reflecting its concerns and thoughts in articles from around the world. Created in August 1947, only two years after UNESCO's creation, the Courier is a monthly on-line magazine that may be read in the six official languages of the UN (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese). Each issue consists of a thematic dossier that treats one of UNESCO's concerns.

UNESCO Freedom of Expression and Press, Democracy logo: http://www.helmut-langer.eu/