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Curation & the Classroom: Using Media Literacy to empower civic voices on social media platforms

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Paul Mihailidis

on 8 January 2015

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Transcript of Curation & the Classroom: Using Media Literacy to empower civic voices on social media platforms

Multiplicity of voices | Multiplicity of “realities”
More Diversity | More Polarization
More speed | Less Depth
More Social | Less Trust
65% reported finding a majority of their news from Facebook
33% report having a news feed/app on their phone
74% Google news items before specific news outlets
28% visit blogs (80% 1-2 predominantly)
TV (53%) most visited for political information56% reported using social media to voice political opinions
Very few students reported using social media (facebook (9%m Twitter 13%) to receive updates on political information
BUT 40% reported social media as the primary way they share political thoughts
News Curation in the Classroom: Using Storyify to teach news literacy and critical inquiry
Using Curation to Teach about News Values
What is the difference between news and entertainment video?
- Is an activism video “news”?
- Is news on the video considered substantial information?

Is sharing a link/video considered civic engagement?
- What is “clicktivism”?
- What is activism?

Are the sources of the information on Joseph Kony biased?
- Where does bias of the information come from?
- Is information manipulated for audience gain?
- What evidence can you find to support these thoughts?

Video literacy:
Can you identify aspects of propaganda in the Kony 2012 video?
Are facts spun for the benefit of the Kony 2012 video?
- If so, which facts?
Does the video do any forms of exploitation?
- Does social media uncover these aspects of exploitation or spin?
Does social media work against or for the cause of media literacy?
Curation is:
Teach about Framing & Perspective
Teach about Agenda-Setting & Bias
Teach about sources, voices and credibility in online spaces
Curation can:
Your task
Create a storify that tells a story about the Kony 2012 video. Aggregate content using several social media streams.
ACCESS to media
- Why are mainstream media reports different than online reports?
- How do different sources/platforms change

AWARENESS of authority, context, credibility
- What agendas are at play in this report?
- What values are being portrayed, and how do they differentiate?

ASSESSMENT of how social media portray events and issues
- What is the process of vetting information for accuracy?
- How do different sources frame the issue?

APPRECIATION for the diversity of reporting, opinion, fact, and investigation online
- What types of diverse information can we find on the issue?
- How can we investigate and compare sources and gain a better overall picture of the story?

ACTION to become part of the dialog
- What questions can I ask?
- What can I contribute through my own social circles?
- How can I help build a better understanding of the issue?
February 11, 2011
33,000 tweets per hour with the #egypt hashtag
the day Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation.
Social Media per minute
60 hours of YouTube videos are uploaded
700,000 Facebook Messages
175,000 Tweets
"We have so many realtime feeds now, we're all drowning. Storify let's you pick out the most important pieces, amplify them, and give them context."

- Storify founder Burt Herman
Hundreds of protest and celebration videos on YouTube
3,125 Photos to Flickr
For example:
Several thousand pictures uploaded
How do you sift through all of this information?
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