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MEDIA-HACKS aims to develop the media literacy skills of local communities by supporting citizens to become both producers of reliable media content and ethical consumers of content. The project team, working alongside local communities will build the skills of citizens to cope with the stresses and strains of society today by mitigating the impact of fake-news campaigns aimed at destabilising the status quo. Local communities in Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic will participate in local community audits, training workshops, and European exchanges building the media and information literacy skills.

Community Audit Toolkit

As the era of fake news and disinformation is upon us and research tells us that Europeans are struggling to deal with it with many of us unable to tell whether a story is real or false. The frequency with which we encounter disinformation and its potential to influence the way we think, how we vote, and what we believe, has made it an important issue in society today. We have developed an approach to enhance the media literacy of local communities from the ground-up; by supporting local community members to be producers of reliable media content for their own communities and as well as ethical consumers of content. The purpose of this toolkit is to support project partners, and others, to implement an asset-based community development approach to harness the assets within their local communities and bring them together under a common community media banner intent on promoting real news about the local area to residents.

Community Media Skills training programme

The Community Media Skills Training Programme aims to support community members in taking responsibility for the information they share online, giving them the tools to be able to create their own reliable media content and sharing it with others. The curriculum will be comprised of 1 introductory module on fake news, citizen journalism and ethics, 1 skills demonstration module and 6 training modules. The 6 training modules will address all types of media production and (online) means to share them and how to produce them. These will comprise 30 hours of face-to-face learning, supported by a further 30 hours of online content.

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Module 0

Understanding Fake News

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Module 1

Audio Visual

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Module 2

Text

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Module 3

Photo

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Module 4

Audio

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Module 5

Visual Graphics

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Module 6

Social Media

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Toolkit of Media Moderation Resources

The media moderating resources address a range of practical areas like matching the news items produced to the correct media channels; understanding and observing GDPR; being aware of intellectual property, copyright issues, and correct citation procedures which are all essential first steps to sustainable and effective community media production and distribution. It is created for community people to help moderate content in their publications and online platforms. These resources cover the necessity for moderation of media content e.g combating fake news, online abuse, propaganda, etc. with fact sheets on the various types of moderation and how to make an informed decision about them.

In-service Training for Adult & Community Educators

This in-service training ensures that adult and community educators are fully versed in the latest techniques used by fake news campaigns; have a real understanding of how fake news impacts our society; and be fully up to date with the opportunities that community media can provide to support safe and equitable communities. It is a three-day programme that guarantees the right balance between formal and non-formal education to get to know fake news and how to act on them at local level. The programme is divided into two main parts;

  • The overall in-service agenda: it depicts by time what and how the tutor should act, gathering all the resources and needed tools to run the workshops. It is an overall view on the toolbox provided by Media Hacks
  • The practical materials that are needed by the tutors to run their local workshops. They are materials which are in editable format, so that educators can adjust them, be inspired, and readapt them to the level and the issues perceived by the target group they are working with.
Disclaimer

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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