Call for a national media literacy strategy

When you seek out the daily news, do you have a go-to radio station, website, newspaper? Do you check a few different types of media each day?

A new study on how Australians understand and use different forms of digital and traditional media found while Australians use several different types of media each day, and believe a diverse range is important the confidence in their own media abilities is unexpectedly low. The study by the Western Sydney University, Queensland University of Technology, and the University of Canberra also found older Australians, people who are living with a disability, living in regional areas, or people with low levels of education are more likely to engage in fewer types of media and have fewer media literacy. The researchers are calling for a national media literacy strategy.

We were joined by the lead author of that study Dr. Tanya Notley from the Western Sydney University.

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