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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 the BAI, 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

Break the Fake

Developed by MediaSmarts, this website offers a lot of resources such as workshops, lessons plans, fact-checking tips, posters and infographics to help both children and adults to fight online disinformation. Please click on the link…

Facts Matter: Building Critical Media Literacy

Facts Matter is an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy. It was…

Analysing Bias

This is a lesson plan (with handouts) developed by Learning for Justice that focuses on teaching students to identify how writers can reveal their biases through their word choice and tone. Students will be able to identify “charged”…

MediaWise Youtube channel

This YouTube channel features fact-checking videos submitted by MediaWise’s Teen Fact-Checking Network, collaborations with the MediaWise Ambassadors, and media literacy tips. It is a good resource for those who want to learn how to…

Skillify – understand your level of digital skills

Skillify is a self-assessment tool developed by The Digital Collective (DigiCo) to help people understand their level of digital skills in 21 different topics. It covers the following areas: Information and Data Literacy; Communication…

Navigating Digital Information

In this Crash Course organised as a video series with 10 episodes, John Green in partnership with MediaWise, the Poynter Institute, and the Stanford History Education Group explores best practices in navigating the internet by helping…

Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons

This six-week course developed by by the University of Hong Kong and Stony Brook University aims to help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become…

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Free lessons on news and media literacy developed by Common Sense Education. The Digital Citizenship Curriculum addresses critical issues facing children in a fast-changing world of media and technology. The lessons teach students to…

Civic Online Reasoning

This research-based curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group offers lessons and assessments to help students evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. It is necessary to create a…

Checkology – News Literacy Project

Checkology is a free e-learning platform with engaging, authoritative lessons on subjects like news media bias, misinformation, conspiratorial thinking and more. Learners develop the ability to identify credible information, seek out…

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

31 January 2023

Media Literacy for Democracy’ programme launched with publication of booklet

TASC (Think tank for action on social change) is the Irish partner in a new ‘Media Literacy forDemocracy’ programme designed to promote an effective media literacy strategy to tackledisinformation, empower citizens to make informed…

31 January 2023

MLI member EurAV at the heart of trans-European media literacy project

Research showing that elderly people are more likely to believe and share ‘fake news’ than theiryounger counterparts 1 is behind a trans-European project that aims to develop and deliver medialiteracy training to seniors in rural…

31 January 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023 is fast approaching!

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especiallyyoung people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise.Taking place on Tuesday February 7, there’s…

20 December 2022

MLI explores Meaningful Media Literacy at Annual Conference.

The 2022 MLI Annual Conference took place in Cork on the 15th December 2022, courtesy of MLI members Trend Micro. Marking five years since MLI was established, the conference theme of ‘Meaningful Media Literacy’ offered a moment of…

14 December 2022

Media Literacy Ireland Awards 2023 launch

Media Literacy Ireland (MLI) is pleased to announce the launch of the first ever dedicated awards programme to recognise and celebrate media literacy in Ireland. The Awards launch takes place on 15th December, at MLI’s annual…

21 November 2022

TikTok launches Irish campaign to highlight safety features

by Susan Moss, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Ireland TikTok has launched a new Irish campaign to highlight the platform’s safety features to TikTokers and parents. The campaign is the first of its kind in Ireland…

18 November 2022

MLI Steering Group Election

The purpose of the Steering Group is to provide strategic direction, advice and support to the core MLI team and working groups. We are very grateful to the current members of Steering Group who have guided the development of MLI so…

18 November 2022

MLI Awards 2023

It is with great excitement that we are sharing our latest update about the MLI Awards 2023. The purpose of these awards is to raise awareness of the great media literacy work that is being done in Ireland and encourage involvement…

17 November 2022

2022 MLI Annual Conference

It’s almost time. We are less than four weeks away from our first ‘in-person’ MLI event in since late 2019. The 2022 MLI Annual Conference will take place on December 15th in Cork. We are delighted to have the opportunity to…

17 November 2022

In Case You Missed It: Nurturing Trust by evaluating impact: Why understanding what works in MIL interventions is essential

Assessing the impact of media literacy interventions is notoriously difficult, as it is hard to measure the acquisition of skills, particularly with no standard baseline to refer to. But, as increased digital media literacy becomes ever…

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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 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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