A new study, titled, ‘Mapping of Media Literacy Practices and Actions in EU-28’, has been published by the European Commission, providing a snapshot of trends in media literacy projects that are being implemented by stakeholders across the EU.
While a key challenge faced in producing the report was establishing a universally accepted definition of ‘media literacy’, it managed to define media literacy as, “all technical, cognitive, social, civic and creative capacities that allow a citizen to access, have a critical understanding of media, and interact with it.”
The report identified 939 key stakeholders in media literacy across the 28 EU Member States. A third of them were civil society organisations, with public authorities and academic institutions also making up a large number. While there are a number of organisations active in the area, the level of media literacy activities varies significantly from country to country, and ‘teens and older students’ are the most commonly targeted audience for projects studied in the report.
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission, including a detailed analysis of the 20 most significant media literacy projects in each EU Member State.