Media Literacy Solution Forum

Two-day event that will gather digital journalists, educators, civil society activists,
and representatives of international organizations.

The aim is to explore the solutions for enhancing media literacy in the Eastern European region and connect existing media literacy initiatives, share best practices.
ORGANIZER'S TEAM
They organized Media Literacy Solution Forum
Mikalai Kvantaliani
Digital Communication Network/ Association "New Group"
Olga Tsvetkova
Independent media manager, Chevening Alumni Project Fund
Alaksiej Minchonak
Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
Alena Talalaeva
Media IQ media literacy project, Press Club Belarus
Interactive online map of media literacy projects. 145 projects from 22 countries
Speakers from 15 countries
Belarus, USA, UK, Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, Italy, Poland, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Montenegro, Serbia and other countries
We connect different stakeholders
Media, education and civil society activists will meet each other to see what is going on in different spheres and build new partnerships and cooperations.
Our forum is informal
We talk about important issues and do things that matter with passion. We create space for communication and networking
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Forum Materials
Find out what the speakers said during the forum
Panel discussion "Combating Fakes & Manipulations"
State of Affairs panel
Media about us
How the forum was covered in the media
Молдавский Корреспондент
Медиаграмотность – это новый тренд. В Минске обсудили проблемы медиаобразования в разных странах
Media Literacy Solution собрал представителей СМИ, активистов, исследователей и просто заинтересованных профессионалов под одной крышей, чтобы осудить проблемы медиаграмонтости в странах Европы и Азии.
SPEAKERS
They know everything about media literacy
Julija Sluckaja
Founder of the Press Club Belarus
Franak Viačorka
Vice-President of Digital Communication Network
Lana Ciboci
Association for Communication
and Media Culture
Elvira
Jukic-Mujkic
Media center Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Alla Sharko
Deputy Director in
Press Club Belarus
Aaron
Sharockman
Executive director
of PolitiFact, US
Victoria Baker
Critical Literacy Programme Manager at NewsWise, UK
Eldiyar Arykbaev
Editor-in-Сhief at Kloop (Kyrgyzstan)
A presentation of the UK government's international awards Chevening programme
October 15, 19:00, Press-club (Minsk, Horuzhei street 3, room 601)

An alumna of the program Olga Tsvetkova will speak about the opportunities of the project, her own experience of studying in the UK and will answer your questions.

Chevening is a global government's international awards programme financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and partner organisations. The scholarship covers all expenses and gives an opportunity to receive the master's degree in any leading university in the UK and broaden one's academic, professional and cultural experience.

Candidates with a strong academic background and those ready to prove their leadership potential can apply for a scholarship. No age restrictions are implied.

This is one of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships which allows to study in the leading universities in the UK. For the last 35 years this opportunity has been seized by more than 50 000 people.
A film show and a presentation of the Chevening programme
October 16, 18:00, Time club "1387" (Bobruisk, Chongarskaya street 54)

Come to see a film show by Sandra Užule-Fons "Baltic Poker. What is Putin's game?"

What are Baltic countries afraid of and should we beware too?

Nowadays the Russians are a quarter of the population in Estonia and Latvia. Many of them have been there since the days of the Soviet Union: factory workers, retired army officers. For one of them the Russian world is a threat, for the others it is protection. How is Russia using their nostalgia and pride in the victory in WW2? What can be expected tomorrow? And the main question is if it can affect us as well. After the film show there will be a discussion for the viewers to take part in.

The author of the film, Sandra Užule-Fons, is a historian and journalist. She studies Baltic countries, Poland, and the post-Soviet area, films documentaries. She will also be a speaker at the Media Literacy Solutions forum on October 18-19.

There will also be a presentation of the UK government's international awards Chevening programme

How can a citizen of Bobruisk apply for a British Master's programme? Chevening programme is one of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships which allows to study in the leading universities in the UK. For the last 35 years this opportunity has been seized by more than 50 000 people.

What will the scholarship and the life in the UK give you? Who and when can apply? What do you need except the higher education and confident English? An alumna of the program, a master in media management in Cardiff university, Olga Tsvetkova will answer all the questions referring to the opportunities with Chevening.

A moderator of the meeting is a founder of Press Club Belarus Julia Slutskaya.
Meeting with Indian mediaexpert and a presentation of the Chevening programme
October 16, 19:00, Grodno, Kirova street 3

First event − a meeting with Vertika Kanaujia. Topic: "Manipulation, propaganda and how media can resist them".

A meeting with a media expert from India will cover:

− How to resist fakes and manipulations and not to become a victim of propaganda;
− How India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows in the Russian President's footsteps;
− What it is like − journalism on the other side of the world.

The guest will speak about similarities of authoritarian regimes in information control, dissemination of misinformation and how it is fulfilled thanks to taxpayers.

Vertika Kanaujia is a well-known expert from India, Assistant Director for customers in the SPAG Asia agency and media field specialist with 14 years' experience in television news and newspapers.

The second event − a presentation of UK government's international awards Chevening programme

This is one of the most prestigious postgraduate scholarships which allows to study in the leading universities in the UK. For the last 35 years this opportunity has been seized by more than 50 000 people.

What will the master's degree and life in the UK provide you with? You will find it out firsthand in the presentation.
Factchecking & news verification workshop
October 17, 11:00, Press Club (Minsk, Horuzhei street 3, room 601)

The workshop is a showcase reel of examples of bigger fake news and situations that actually happened to journalists, were published in newsportals or on their social media sites. Marek Miller will show how to verify information, news, and video using various free online tools. In particular he will be focusing on:

− Reverse image search
− Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Translate
− YouTube
− Other free online tools very handy for news verification such as: picodash, who.is, forensically, the wayback machine, suncalc, video news debunker, and others.

The key are the case studies – real examples of light and more serious situations that happened in media and were or could be verified with these tools. The workshop is an eye-opener to those worried about the future of journalism as well as those who still think fake news is just another buzz word

Marek Miller is a teaching fellow at Google New Lab who is in charge of Central and Eastern Europe. Marek has been working in journalism field for 15 years. He has been working with an international news media association INMA for a long time. Marek is an author of a leading media industry magazine in Poland − Press. He worked for one of the largest Polish publishing houses - Polska Press Group. In 2017 Marek was a Coaching and Leadership Fellow at the Poynter's Institute in Florida.
How to teach media literacy to school children
October 17, 17:30, 'Stembridge' private school (Minsk, Nezavisimosti avenue 117a)

The event is held by a ukrainan expert form an international organization IREX, Marina Dorosh. A two-hour presentation will dwell on media literacy as a part of school curriculum.

The presentation will focus on:

− The most important skills of media and information literacy for school children;
− The subjects developing critical thinking; methods of teachers' effective preparation;
− The project "Learn to Discern in Education" which has been implemented in Ukraine since 2017 and is aimed at media literacy integration in the school curriculum.

We welcome educators of formal and informal fields, those teaching both children and adults.

Marina Dorosh manages the development of educational materials in IREX (Ukraine). The aim of IREX initiatives is to improve the quality of education, support independent media and foster pluralistic civil society development. In 2014 - 2017 Marina Dorosh was an editor of the MediaSapiens website. She has been developing projects developing critical thinking: online coursebooks for teenagers and news literacy classes. Marina is a board member in Digital Communication Network. She is an author of more than 200 articles on media literacy and new media.
How collaborative approaches to reporting can help fight misinformation
October 17, 15:00-17:30, Press Club (Minsk, Horuzhei street 3, room 601)

In the workshop by Tom Trewinnard (Verificado, Meedan) you will find out:

  • How to monitor social networks for viral misinformation;

  • How to set up tiplines for misinformation;

  • How to design effective debunks.

You will do exercises on all of these topics and analyze particular cases from Verificado 2018 (Mexico) and Checkpoint (India) − the projects connected to misinformation during elections.

In order to take part in the workshop take your laptop with you.

Tom Trewinnard is a programming director of a non-profit organization, Meedan. It elaborates tools for a collaborative information verification. Tom used to manage the Verificado project which with the help of 90 editorial offices fought viral fake news. He cooperated with leading news publications in Europe, in the Middle East and in Latin America. Tom held seminars on digital journalism at international forums in Stockholm, Riga, and Doha.
MediaLiteracy: how to raise yourself to raise others
October 17, 16:00-17:00, 'Stembridge' private school (Minsk, Nezalezhnasti avenue 117a)

Speaker – Iryna Rubis, co-founder of Biasless, board member of FULCRUM NGO, ex-
CEO, and owner of Ekonomika+ business media bureau, Ukraine.

At the presentation Irina Rubis will speak about:
  • Why we need media literacy;
  • Why and how to study and create challenges for yourself;
  • How to become a leader for tomorrow's leaders;
  • What fuel tolerance gives;
  • 3 new currencies that are worth operating with.

We welcome teachers, lecturers, educators, representatives of formal and informal
education.

Iryna Rubis is a media manager with DNA to support Ukrainian SMEs, gender
equality, shared values and sustainability concept, freedom of speech and media. A
winner of the Communication of the Future Awards. Twice a recipient of Best
Marketing Team in Media Awards. SHE Exports Program Ambassador. Master of
Business Administration in General Management (Sheffield, UK), Master of
Marketing (Kyiv, UA), IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) and Swedish management
Institute Alumni (Stockholm, Sweden)
How to build a meaningful media business
October 17, 18.00-20.00, 'Belarusian Association of Journalists' Office, Minsk, Kalvaryiskaya street, 16-265.

Speaker – Iryna Rubis, co-founder of Biasless, board member of FULCRUM NGO, ex-
CEO, and owner of Ekonomika+ business media bureau, Ukraine.

At the presentation Irina Rubis will speak about:

  • How to find topics and formats that enhance the social impact of media
  • How to be profitable, working not for profit
  • How to work with business, government, NGOs and donors
  • How to become a new type of leader

Iryna Rubis is a media manager with DNA to support Ukrainian SMEs, gender
equality, shared values and sustainability concept, freedom of speech and media. A
winner of the Communication of the Future Awards. Twice a recipient of Best
Marketing Team in Media Awards. SHE Exports Program Ambassador. Master of
Business Administration in General Management (Sheffield, UK), Master of
Marketing (Kyiv, UA), IE Business School (Madrid, Spain) and Swedish management
Institute Alumni (Stockholm, Sweden)
How to detect fakes? The lecture of a pulitzer prize-winning journalist
October 17, 18:00, "Horoshii God" bar (Minsk, Zybitskaya street 6)

In the meeting you will find out how to search and find correct information online and how to teach this to 5 million school children. The lecture will be interesting for: journalists, analysts, educators, informal education representatives.

Aaron Sharockman is an executive director in PolitiFact, the largest fact-checking organisation in the USA. Two years ago our speaker taught political fact-checking in journalism at the University of Missouri.
Games for social well-being
October 17, 18:00, Lidbeer Svetly bar (Minsk, Kulman street 1)

In the meeting with a mobile games developer and an NGO activist from Slovenia you will learn about role-playing and interactive projects devoted to fostering social justice, democracy, and responsible politics.

Žiga Vrtačič says he is from the internet but lives in Ljubljana. He's the product lead behind Parlameter and one of founders of a Slovenian civic tech NGO.

Before that our speaker was a development director of products in Outfit7, one of the world's leading mobile games developers, worked as a manager of the project of a popular mobile game - My talking Tom.
FORUM PROGRAM
Day 1, October 18
«Ў» Gallery
19, Kastryčnickaja str.
10:00 – 11:00
Registration
11:00 – 11:40
Media Literacy Forum Kick-Off opening by all partners

Dirk Schuebel, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Belarus
Lisa Thumwood, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Minsk
Sofia Strive, co-chair of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
11:45 – 12:45
State of Affairs panel /fishbowl/

  • Lana Ciboci, Association for Communication and Media Culture (Croatia)
  • Elvira Jukic-Mujkic, Editor-in-Chief at Mediacentar Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Radu Marian, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova (Moldova)
  • Marina Dorosh, Curriculum Development Lead at IREX (Ukraine)
  • Tamara Mackievič, Program manager at Belarusian School Society (Belarus)
  • Julija Sluckaja, Founder of the Press Club (Belarus)
  • Gulim Amirkhanova, Head of media literacy campaign in social networks for Central Asia, regional manager of Internews (Kazakhstan)
  • Sandra Užule-Fons, Journalist, documentary director and scriptwriter (Poland)
Moderator – Vice-President of Digital Communication Network Franak Viačorka

We have 4-5 speakers on stage at a time, who will point main challenges and will describe the state of affairs with ML in the region. There is also 1 additional chair for everybody who have something to add.

Participants of the forum will get an understanding of the state of affairs and current challenges of the ML in the region.
12:45 – 13:00
Family picture
13:00 − 14:00
Lunch
14:00 − 15:00
Interactive online Media Literacy Map Creation

Moderator – manager of Media IQ, forum coordinator (Press Club Belarus) Alena Talalayeva
We are going to collect with the help of the participants information about media literacy initiatives, resources, programs and create Interactive online Media Literacy Map during the Forum. Everyone will be able to use this online tool to find information about the projects, books, potential partners from different countries.

Participants will work in groups representing their countries.
15:00 − 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 − 17:00
Inspiration & motivation talks

  • Aisha Kehoe Down, Investigative journalist, OCCRP (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Farida Vis, Director of Visual Social Media Lab (UK)
  • Tom Trewinnard, Director of Programs at Meedan (UK)
  • Aaron Sharockman, Executive Director of PolitiFact (USA)
  • Victoria Baker, Critical Literacy Programme Manager at NewsWise (UK)
  • Grzegorz Nawrocki, Tv-journalist (Poland)
  • Sarah Lange, Founder & Partner at Blue Pine Strategies (Latvia)
Moderator – Vice-President of Digital Communication Network Franak Viačorka
Speakers share best practices in inspirational & motivational format.
17:10 − 18:30
Panel discussion "Combating Fakes & Manipulations"

  • Radu Marian, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova (Moldova)
  • Grzegorz Nawrocki, TV-journalist (Poland)
  • Vertika Kanaujia, Associate Account Director of Strategic Partners Group (India)
  • Alla Šarko, Deputy Director in Press Club (Belarus)
  • Natallya Ligacheva, Editorial Director, Head of Detector Media (Ukraine)
  • Evita Puriņa, Fact-checking Department Editor at Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica (Latvia)
Moderator political analyst – A. Shraibman
During the discussion we attempt to find out how the different parties see the issue and solutions.
18:30 − 18:35
Conclusion of the day
19:30 − 21:00
Welcome Drink & Networking
Day 2, October 19
«Ў» Gallery
19, Kastryčnickaja str.
10:00 – 12:30
10:00 – 12:30
Media Literacy Workshops

  • Gulim Amirkhanova, Head of media literacy campaign in social networks for Central Asia, regional manager of Internews (Kazakhstan)
  • Marek Miller, Google News Lab Teaching Fellow, CEE (Poland)
  • Lukasz Krol, Digital Projects Coordinator at the College of Europe in Natolin (Poland)
  • Jakub Zgierski, Coordinator of Games for Impact (Poland)
  • Ivana Boskovic, Youth Worker/Program Quality Assurance (Montenegro)
  • Žiga Vrtačič, Mobile games developer and an NGO activist (Slovenia)
Three parallel workshops for different audiences:

- MediaLiteracy&Media (moderator – foreign correspondent Current Time TV Serge Kharytonau)
- MediaLiteracy&Education (moderator – the Headmistress and co-founder of the private school "Stembridge" Natallia Iskortseva)
- MediaLiteracy&Society (moderator – Mikhail Doroshevich, Baltic Internet Policy Initiative/Digital Hub)
12:30 - 14:00
12:30 - 14:00
Lightning talks session
The brief way to present experience & ideas & initiatives/projects (8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for Q&A). There are going to be three parallel sessions.

- MediaLiteracy&Media

  • Alina Koushyk-Pietrzykowska (Belarus)
  • Uladzimir Malinka (Ukraine)
  • Sandra Užule-Fons (Latvia)
  • Eldziyar Arykbaeu (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Daryna Shauchenka (Ukraine)
  • Barys Kudar (Ukraine)
  • Aliona Romaniuk (Ukraine)

- MediaLiteracy&Education

  • Jakub Libiszewski (Georgia)
  • Maryna Dorosh (Ukraine)
  • Volha Satsuk (Belarus)
  • Anastasia Hromava (Belarus)
  • Lue Steinberg (Italy)
  • Efthymia Andreadou (Greece)
  • Ioanna Kostopoulou (Greece)
  • Natallia Greben (Belarus)

- MediaLiteracy&Society

  • Yuliia Reshitko (Ukraine)
  • Astghik Keshishyan (Armenia)
  • Arpi Avetisyan (Armenia)
  • Oliwia Drost (Poland)
  • Elvira Jukić-Mujkić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Volha Bartlau (Belarus)
  • Maryna Arlovskaya (Belarus)

14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
Lunch
15:00 − 15:30
15:00 − 15:30
Interactive Media Literacy Map presentation
15:30 − 17:15
15:30 − 17:15
What are the solutions for Media Literacy? Conclusion of the Media Literacy Solutions Forum
Participants will work in groups (world café format) to recollect and gather useful tools, solutions, new ideas & cooperations they managed to find and create during the Forum.
17:15 − 17:30
17:15 − 17:30
Closing the Forum farewell.
Side events
ORGANIZERS
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Feel free to write us with any questions
MediaLiteracySolutions@gmail.com
Minsk, Belarus. «Ў» gallery, 19, Kastryčnickaja str.