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Impact of Media & Digital Literacy on Citizenship in the Arab Region

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Lubna Maaliki

on 19 March 2013

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Addressing Media & Digital Literacy in Education Infusing digital and media literacy education into university curricula through providing the needed training, curricular material and resources, and motivating faculty to transfer what they learned to their institutions to create a multiplying effect. Media Studies & the Arab Region There is no doubt the field of media studies continues to boom across the Arab world, but this rapid expansion has met numerous obstacles that continue to negatively affect the quality of media education and research across the region. (Melki: 2011: 84)

I chose to write about the influence of Media and Digital Literacy on Citizenship because of my immense interest in how media shapes our thoughts, identity, and behavior.

I believe that being literate in Media empowers us as individuals and allows us to become critical media consumers, producers, and aware citizens.
M&DL gives individuals the chance to learn how to access, analyze, and comprehend various media message, pivotal skills needed in today’s world. Methodology Case Study:
Provides a unique example of real people in real situations, enabling readers to understand ideas more clearly than simply by presenting them with abstract theories or principles. (Cohen, Manion, Morrison 2011: 289)

My thesis will be based on the work done in the academy where I will study the impact of the workshops and lectures on the participants’ knowledge and perceptions about their environment and how well this initiative will be perceived by the participants' institutions. Pilot Study Presentation
Lubna Maaliki ID# 8739757
University Of Manchester Impact of Media & Digital Literacy on Citizenship in the Arab Region Literature Incentive Methods for Data Collection Observation - Interview - Questionnaires Key Influence:

Carlsson, U., Jauinot-Delaunay, G., Perez Tornero, J. M., & Tayie, S. (2008). Empowerment through media education: An intercultural dialogue. International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media, Nordicom, Göteborg University.

Domine, V. (2011). Think Global, Act Local: Expanding the Agenda for Media Literacy Education in the United States. Library Trends, 60(2), pps. 440-453.

Kiwan, D. (2008). Education for Inclusive Citizenship. Routledge. London, UK

Livingstone, S., Van Couvering, E., & Thumim, N. (2005). Adult media literacy: A review of the research literature.

Hobbs, R. (1998). Building citizenship skills through media literacy education. In M. Salvador and P. Sias, (Eds.) The Public Voice in a Democracy at Risk. Westport, CT: Praeger Press, pps. 57 -76.

Melki, J. (2011). The Plight of Media Education and Research in Arab Higher Education. Research in Media Education, ch. 5, pps. 83-107

Mihailidis, P. (2009). Connecting Cultures: New Dynamics in Global Media Literacy. Afterimage; ProQuest Central pps. 37 - 41 - Alienate citizens from the political scene

- Create passive citizens: preventing them to engage within their surroundings and express themselves through civilized debates

- Lack of awareness about media consumption, leading to "Information Obesity" (Whitworth, 2009 )

- Preventing citizens from accessing information needed for their own progress I will test data collection methods by carrying out open ended interviews with 5 students from Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria from different academic backgrounds who attended The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change -- that aims to empower individuals through training them on becoming critically aware of media and the role it plays in their daily lives --. My aim is to try see the impact of media and digital literacy on their own understanding of citizenship. Media & Digital Literacy Promoting inclusive citizenship in educational institutions requires: 1) society's institutional structures to reflect its diversity of identities. 2) trained instructors so that they are confident in handling issues related to religion, sexuality, race, and culture. (Kiwan, 2008) Lack of Media & Digital Literacy can : Media & Digital Literacy Initiatives In Salzburg, Austria, an academy takes place every summer about Media & Global Change. Through the creation of seminars and workshops related to media and digital literacy, it has provided a space for participants [mainly university undergraduates and graduates] to discuss the media they use, the media messages they encounter in their daily lives, and the media content they create.

1507 miles away from Salzburg, a similar initiative will take place at the American University of Beirut, August 2013 entitled: Media and Digital Literacy Academy in Beirut [MDLAB].

The two key differences here are: 1) the initiative is aimed for Arab participants 2) the initiative will take place in an Arab country (Lebanon)

The importance of the latter comes in that the Arab region lacks material, training, and curricula about Media & Digital Literacy leading to poor understanding to the vast impact media has on citizenship and civic engagement. Common outcomes associated with Media Literacy are critical thinking and an understanding of media’s role in community, government, and civil society. (Mihailidis, 2009) Media & Digital Literacy Academy in Beirut (MDLAB) The academy will cover various topics related to media such as: * Critical analysis of news coverage

* The Power of Images

* Propaganda elements in video and film

* Media and business influences

* Media portrayal of race, national identity, religion, sexuality

* Media, Gender and Body Image

* Web 2.0 and Media habits

* Debate and argumentation
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