M M L S
Evens Foundation
and Partners invite you to
Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo
Information, disinformation, civic competences.
Exploring the challenges of the rapidly changing media world
Previous conference: MMLW 2015 #MMLS2017
21 & 22 September 2017
Main > Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions, Part 1

How to Read World with Images – Visual Literacy in the New Media Age.

Venue: National Theatre

The seminar will address the questions of how artistic strategies can be appropriated by non-artists and used for the benefit of empowerment through visual culture, what can we learn from image-critique as offered by contemporary artistic and critics’ practices and what diversity in the visual field mean. We will also raise the questions of how post-truth works in the visual field and how to respond when one is being manipulated and “caught by images”. During the seminar we will present the newest Media Literacy in Europe magazine issued by Evens Foundation.

Speakers: Bojana Piskur (Moderna Galerija Lubjana, Slovenia); Christine Vidal (LeBal, France); Rene Glas (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), Torsten Arni Caleb Andreasen (Copenhagen University)

Moderator: Katarzyna Bojarska (View, Foundation for Visual Culture, Poland)

Fake News & European public: How to stand up to disinformation?

Venue: National Theatre

The massive proliferation of falsified and distorted facts via social media has become a political challenge for democracy and open societies. Modern disinformation, whether driven by foreign governments or domestic political stakeholders, has influenced public debates and elections in Europe and the USA. How it is possible to protect public discourse, media and policymaking from negative effects of propaganda – in accordance with democratic and professional standards? The session will focus on best practices and recommendations from political, journalistic and academic points of view.

Speakers: Marta Orosz (Corrective, Germany); Galyna Schimansky-Geier (StopFake, Ukraine); Martina Chapman (Mercury Insight, Ireland); Representative of NATO

Moderator: Christian Spahr (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)

Civic and Media Education in the Digital Age. Pedagogical practices to combat discrimination and promote democratic participation

Venue: Networks

In the last 15 years European countries witnessed a growing number of hate crimes towards immigrants and minorities. Discriminatory discourses are also echoed online, since racist organizations use the Internet to spread othering rhetoric. Concerns emerged about the impact of hate messages on youth and the role of media in reinforcing stereotyped representations of the ‘others’. Media education can be a pedagogical strategy to develop youth’s awareness of (anti-)discrimination and support their participation as democratic citizens.

Led by Prof. Maria Ranieri (University of Florence, Italy)

Media Information/Disinformation & Popular Culture: youtubers, influencers and vloggers and their impact on media (education) world

Venue: Networks

The focus of this session would be the uprise of the videoplatform YouTube including the rise of new creators (youtubers, influencers and vloggers), as well as the role of other online platforms in distributing media content, and their impact on education, learning and the media industry. This major shift in the media (and educational) landscape occurred in a decade and video is becoming more and more dominant. This phenomenon triggered the Institute for Sound and Vision (via their media museum), to develop a unique partnership with YouTube / Google plus with the new so-called multi-channel networks (agencies for youtubers). The session will show how to built bridges between this new world of makers and the traditional media world as well as with education.

Workshop led by John Leek (Sound&Vision, the Netherlands)

Do-it-yourself training in Mobile Journalism (MoJo)

Venue: Networks

This interactive workshop is based on the outputs of the European Y-nex project which is all about helping young people find a voice through mobile journalism or MoJo. During the workshop we will explain the different types of training approaches you can take and suggest ways in which you might design your own MoJo courses. We will demonstrate the different materials and resources built up for you and others to use in your training and take you through a typical practical assignment that you might like to include. By the end of our workshop we hope you will be in a good position to initiate your own MoJo courses.

Led by Igor Kanižaj & Tena Perisin (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science, Croatia) and Sally Reynolds, Media & Learning Association

New Media and Technology – Driving and Enhancing Social Change

Venue: Kino Meeting Point



Pitching session of and discussion about 4 projects showing how new media and digital tools can be used to foster social involvement and inspire grassroots innovations and, as a result, transform a community into a space of real change.

With Veronique de Leneer (Maks, Belgium), Sara Wall (Fanzingo, Sweden), Karoliina Leisti (Digitalents, Finland), Karolina Śmigiel & Marta Białek (Association of Creative Initiatives Ę)

Breakout sessions, Part 2

Partner session with the European Commission:  How can media literacy contribute to the development of social media?

Venue: Networks

In the room: you, experts from Facebook, Google and others – watch this space – and European Commission officials.

This session will extend the fruitful collaboration between media literacy and EU media policy to social media, an entirely new element in media policy. The Commission seeks to engage participants' collective intelligence in conversations on how media literacy can contribute to responsible and trust-friendly social media debate.  The workshop will be introduced and hosted in World Café format by members of the new Converging Media and Social Media team based in the Commission's Communications Networks, Content and Technology department, DG Connect.  Join us to explore the issues in this new policy area and to start shaping policy responses.

Moderator: Adam Watson-Brown (European Commission)

The MIL Curriculum and Teaching Critical Skills in Schools

Venue: National Theatre

Open discussion on the schooling system and its responsibility for teaching critical media skills

Speakers: Alicja Pacewicz (CEO, Poland); Tijana Femic Bumbic (Novi Sad School of Journalism, Serbia); Carole Helpiquet (Clemi, France); Manuel Pinto (University of Minho, Portugal)

Moderator: Kari Kivinen (European School Network, Finland)

Building Trust in Media in South-East Europe by increasing media and information literacy

Venue: Networks

What are the ways to increase media and information literacy (MIL) among citizens? The EU-UNESCO project “Building trust in media in South East Europe and Turkey” has a focus on this issue. One of its objectives is to strengthen people’s MIL competencies and support for quality information and media. The session will present and explore the strategies this project is using in developing MIL: multi-stakeholder discussions and public debates on MIL; cooperation of civil society and media with governments to develop MIL-related policy and strategy; joint training of journalists, civil society leaders and teachers; stimulating peoples’ participation in shaping of information and media landscape in SEE through Coalition of Information and Media Users; dissemination of knowledge through an awareness raising campaign and innovative training through the UNESCO MIL CLICKS social media initiative.

Led by Tatjana Ljubic, UNESCO

Building Trust in Journalism: How Ethical Media Can be an Inspiration for Responsible Communications

Venue: National Theatre

In an age when propaganda, fake news and hate-speech puts intense pressure on newsrooms, this session will explain why ethical standards in journalism are essential for better public communications. But how do we ensure media people – both in the newsroom and the boardroom – are good role models? This frank and open discussion will discuss the media crisis from the inside and focus on how to strengthen good governance and moral standards in media as a way of shaping a new movement for civil discourse in public life.

Speakers: Agron Bajrami (Koha Ditore, Kosovo), Zoran Sekulic (Media Association, Serbia), Aleksandra Temenugova (School of Journalism and PR, Macedonia)

Moderator: Aidan White (Ethical Journalism Network, UK)

Factchecking, IT Tech and Civic Engagement Against Disinformation

Venue: Networks

Fake news, propaganda, disinformation seem to be the words of the year and it seems how the whole post-truth world came about in the blink of an eye. However, civic activists all around the region have been tackling the issue of accountability in the public discourse at least for years now. This has been done with different success and public recognition. So, this session will try to give basic insights into whats and hows of civic engagement on fact-checking practices in the region and the world, as well as how civil society in general is using technology to create a more informed public discourse and make different stakeholders adhere to basic principles of accountability and checks and balances.

Workshop led by Darko Brkan (Zašto ne?, B&H)

The Future of Media Literacy: Forging a New Generation of Leaders and Changemakers

Venue: Kino Meeting Point

Pitching session of and discussion about 4 youth projects and methods of engaging the youth in critical and responsible media creation and reception.

With Andy Demeulenaere (StampMedia, imec - Mediawijs, Belgium), Boris Bakal (Frooom, Shadow Casters, Croatia), Jordi Torrent (PluralPlus17/PeaceApp, UNAOC), Mary Berkhout (MediaMasters, Mediaweijzer, the Netherlands)