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What is Media Literacy Ireland?

Media Literacy Ireland (MLI) is an informal alliance of individuals and organisations who work together on a mainly voluntary basis to promote media literacy in Ireland. Facilitated by Coimisiún na Meán, MLI has over 250 members drawn from a broad range of sectors.

Our vision is for all Irish people to be empowered with the skills and confidence to be able to access and critically evaluate content and services across all platforms, understand and question how media and digital technology operate, identify and manage risks, and participate in the public sphere in a responsible, ethical and effective manner.

To switch to the Irish language version of this site, press the ‘GA’ button above. We have also developed an Irish language Glossary of media literacy terms with translations of words and terms and examples of the use of the terms in the form of sentences.

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Training & Development

FactCheck Knowledge Bank

Equip yourself to be your own FactChecker. The Journal FactCheck, which has been targeting disinformation in Ireland since 2016, launched a brand new media literacy resource to allow members of the public to be their own fact-checker….

Everywhere All the Time

A digital literacy intervention for teens that fosters critical conversions about technology and AI With a growing generation of teens relying on the internet for learning, entertainment and socialising, it’s crucial to cultivate their…

Top Tips to Be Media Smart

Download and display these posters to remind people how to ‘Stop, Think and Check’, and to promote any Be Media Smart events you might be planning. Do let us know about any events and we can help to promote them. Posters are available in…

Workshop in Box

The workshop in a box provides teachers, librarians, community leaders and other educators with the resources needed to deliver a Be Media Smart workshop where participants can learn about engaging with digital media content, as well as…

Ceardlann i mBosca

Soláthraíonn an cheardlann i mbosca na hacmhainní a theastaíonn uathu chun ceardlann litearthachta sna meáin a sholáthar do mhúinteoirí, leabharlannaithe, ceannairí pobail agus éascaitheoirí foghlama eile. Is é aidhm na…

TeaMLit online course – Media Literacy for Teachers

The TeaMLit online course helps all teachers in all settings become media literate and bring media literacy into the classrooms. The course is composed of 5 online modules that guide participants through the landscape of media literacy…

Storytelling – “From Page to Screen” with author Dave Rudden

This is a series of lesson plans designed to educate students on the core concepts behind creative writing through film and TV. Each lesson plan is designed to guide participants through the official industry process of creating a…

EDUbox: from vote to policy

Understanding how the political system works is part of the digital citizenship. However, the system can seem very complex, and it’s not always clear how our vote influences the final policy. EDUbox aims to provide young people with…

The Conspiracy Test

The Conspiracy Test is a collaboration between the School of Thought and the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project. It is a gamified interactive platform to help increase healthy scepticism for conspiracy theories. Users…

Teaching Lateral Reading

Lateral reading is a powerful and effective technique used by factcheckers to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information online. The Civic Online Reasoning project from the Stanford University offers a sequence of lessons that…

What is media literacy?

MLI does not narrowly define media literacy. Instead, we look to the BAI Media Literacy Policy to illustrate what media literacy looks like in real terms for both individuals and for society. The BAI Media Literacy Policy outlines the following three core competencies and associated media literacy skills.

  • Understand and critically evaluate broadcast, digital and other media content and services, in order to make informed choices and best manage media use.
  • Access and use broadcast and digital media content and services in a safe and secure manner, to maximise opportunities and minimise risks.
  • Create and participate via media, in a responsible, ethical and effective manner, in the creative, cultural and democratic aspects of society.

Latest News

23 May 2024

MLI April Newsletter

The April newsletter focusses on protecting information integrity around elections. The pan-European #BeElectionSmart campaign is coordinated in Ireland by the EDMO Ireland Hub and consists of a series of simple messages and tips will be…

15 May 2024

Supporting Information Integrity around Elections

According to the New York Times, almost half the population of the world will go to the polls in 2024, at a time when it is more difficult than ever to know whether information is accurate and reliable. What does this mean for democracy?…

29 April 2024

ARENAS – Analysis of and Responses to Extremist Narratives

By Denise Callan, EU Projects and Communications Specialist We are facing the “post-truth” world, characterised by conspiracy theories, overwhelming disinformation, fake news and extremist narratives. As Europeans prepare to vote…

29 April 2024

EurAV launches ‘micro studio’ to facilitate community voices

April saw the opening of a tiny, but fully functional audio visual studio at the offices of MLI members EurAV in Drogheda town centre. The three-camera green screen studio and training room is designed to train members of minority…

29 April 2024

Be Election Smart!

Ahead of the European Elections, EDMO and the EDMO Hubs are working together to deliver a pab-European campagin highlightig practical tips and resources to help people develop their media literacy skills and make informed decisions based…

29 April 2024

Student View: Why Media Literacy Matters

By Aoife Hyland Aoife Hyland is a first-year BA Joint Honours student at Dublin City University where she studied media literacy in the School of Communications.  In our world today, not everybody is media literate. Some might…

24 April 2024

MLI March Newsletter

The international TeaMLit online training course for teachers is now live as well as the new, Ireland-based, resource for teachers called ‘From Page to Screen’. Your views are being sought on a number of topics too, such as the Ecorys…

29 March 2024

Spot It. Flag It. Stop It.

Coimisiún na Meán has launched an information campaign about combatting illegal content online, based on the provisions of the EU Digital Services Act. Coimisiún na Meán is Ireland’s body for regulating broadcasters, on-demand…

29 March 2024

Hibernia College launch a new short course in Digital Literacy as an OER

By Ann Byrne, Digital Librarian, Hibernia College. Hibernia College is delighted to release its short course in Digital Literacy as an open educational resource (OER). The course was developed by a small team within Hibernia…

28 March 2024

Google.org provides €1m to drive digital literacy training in schools around Ireland

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has announced that it is extending its support to children’s charity Barnardos by providing an additional €1 million of grant funding to promote safe internet use for children and teens…

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Upcoming Events

23 February 2023

MLI Working Group Panel meeting

The next MLI Working Group Panel meeting will take place on February 23 at 10am. If you are a member of the MLI Working Group Panel and you have not received the meeting invitation please email info@medialiteracyireland.ie. If you are…

21 February 2023

Supporting Teens Online

Webwise; the Irish internet safety awareness centre is hosting the ‘Talk, Listen, Learn Online Safety Webinar’ for parents/guardians of teens. The webinar will explore the opportunities and risks for children online, offer practical…

9 February 2023

Fighting Misinformation Online Conference – What Finland has Uncovered

Alongside the European University Institute, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and YouTube, Google’s Northern Europe team is kicking off the year with a Fighting Misinformation Online event as part of Media Literacy Week in…

8 February 2023

Launch of History of the Future podcast series

The Schuler Democracy Forum are launching a new podcast series called ‘History of the Future’. The six-part series is co-hosted by Ellie Payne and Mark Little will interrogate ideas about the future, truth, fear, identity, freedom,…

7 February 2023

Supporting Children Online

Webwise in partnership with the National Parents Council Primary are delighted to organise an Online Safety Webinar for parents of young children. The webinar will discuss the opportunities and risks for children online, offer…

7 February 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023

The Irish Safer Internet Centre is pleased to invite you to the flagship Safer Internet Day 2023 event exploring the theme of building empathy and respect online. Discussions will explore some of the opportunities and challenges around…

19 December 2022

MLA4MedLit Conference

Teachers play a hugely important role in empowering young citizens to tackle disinformation by promoting digital, media and information literacy in their classrooms. This one-day online conference from the Media Learning Association aims…

16 November 2022

Exploring Media Literacy at National, Regional and Local Level – the work of the EDMO Hubs

EDMO has set up national and multinational hubs in Europe to tackle disinformation and one of the core tasks of these hubs is to organise media literacy activities at national or multinational level. This series will highlight specific…

4 November 2022

Nordicom/Media & Learning Association Wednesday Webinar series

The first part of the webinar will introduce Media Literacy in the Flemish region of Belgium and provide an overview of the status of Media Literacy in Flanders, describe the relevant policy framework and the extent to which media literacy…

27 October 2022

Nurturing Trust by evaluating impact: Why understanding what works in MIL interventions is essential

Marking Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022, this webinar has been jointly developed by Media Literacy Ireland (MLI), the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) and the Irish EDMO Hub and will take place on 27 October. It…

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