How to develop your Media Literacy?

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Hey, Welcome! Hope you are doing well. In this article, you will know 10 hacks for improving Media Literacy skills!

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If you have read our previous article, you have found a clear view of media literacy skills where we simply explain what is the exact meaning of media literacy skills, also you have found their importance. 

Now we will see in this section how to develop Media literacy skills.

As we already know in our previous article that, 

Media literacy is the ability to understand the media. Ability to  Access, analyze and evaluate the many complex messages presented through the mass media, Where does this originated, what is the key reason behind this. What is the creator’s perspective? This is all about knowing what is called media literacy.

A Student, who is media literate has an ability to understand and know how the media works. This includes how you are organized, how you produce their meanings, and how you use them properly.  You can decide which data is true or which is false. You can clearly describe the role of the media in your life.

How to Improve Media Literacy?

Media literacy skills are a habitual process, it is not a limited process to acquire. When you use media, be conscious of what you are seeing, observing, what is its impact, what content you follow, etc. As an engaged media user, this is highly necessary for you to develop media literacy skills. These skills include being able to access media on a basic level, to analyze it in a critical way based on certain key concepts, to evaluate it based on that analysis, and finally to produce media oneself.

Just as we would not traditionally assume that someone is literate if they can read but not write, we should not assume that someone possesses media literacy if they can consume but not express themselves.

– Henry Jenkins

Here are some of the most recommended tips on how to improve media literacy skills.

1. Understand the media

Whatever you see in the media it is important to understand whether the topic is related to us or not. Observe the content, shows, words, music, and video, etc. These are the media, created for a purpose. They have different perspectives from you. Understand that creator’s viewpoint. Why did they create it, what is the purpose behind this?

2. Evaluate the media

You must know how to evaluate media. For example, For this, we need to discuss bias and sources. Evaluate who produced that media, who are the intended audience, what biases are associated with that media, what is the purpose behind this etc. This will help to analyze the content of the media.

3. Find digital resources and databases

For being media literate you have to know where trustworthy content, fact-based content are located. That’s why you have to collect trustworthy websites, content, and valuable databases for future use.

4. Compare various media sources

These are very important tips for learning media literacy skills. Whenever you search for anything in the media, don’t follow any instructions blindly (including this article too). Don’t obey any suggestions from a single source the first time you search. Compare a particular dataset in all possible media sources. So that you can know the exact relevant information. For example, suppose you are going to buy a particular product online, you can compare either the prices or features of that product from different e-commerce platforms.

5. Examine the ‘truth’ in advertisements

When you seed media, identify what advertisements are trying to sell and what ‘promises’ or ideas are they using to convince you to buy the product.

6. Relate their media to the real world

Whenever you see anything in the media, relate it to the real world. This will help you to identify what is fake or genuine.

7. Highlight Quality sources of information

Learning to watch out for misinformation is important, but it’s even more important to help kids learn to find good, factual information, said Jeffrey Knutson, senior producer & content strategist for Common Sense Education. There’s simply too much content out there for us to fact-check everything we see. It’s a lot easier, and maybe more effective, to teach kids where and how to seek out quality, factual sources of information.

8. Becoming a Smart Consumer

A good media literate knows how to work with the media properly. You can easily access, evaluate and use in the proper way. You should have the knowledge to distinguish what is a good or worse product in the market. You should analyze consumer reviews, compare products from different online platforms, make decisions and become a smart consumer.

9. Create your own media

This is the final tip to make your own media. Media is the only one that makes you successful or unsuccessful, it depends on how you handle the media. As you know very well, many people make themselves famous with the help of the media. They make their own identity by making their own media. You have also created your media by creating your account, creating presentations, videos, or personal websites.

10. Differentiate the role of social media

As we have already discussed, more than half of the world uses the media. In this case, we should know the different roles of social media. There are several social sites, which work differently from each other.

For example, Pinterest boards can be used for providing and receiving feedback during group projects, Twitter can be used to create polls for research purposes or find expert sources, and Facebook or LinkedIn groups can be used to connect and collaborate with their peers. In this case, we have to be aware of the role of social sites and their function. 

Hope you have got an idea about 10 hacks for improving Media Literacy skills. Sure this top will help you be media literate.

If a student is not fluent in multiple forms of media, I would venture to say that they won’t necessarily be considered literate.

– Nichole Pinkard

Lastly but not the least, we can say

In this article, we have discussed how to develop media literacy skills. If you have any particular doubt in this regard, it’s our pleasure to assist you with the same. Please don’t hesitate to give your valuable comments below. All constructive suggestions are most welcome. Thanks! Have a great time!

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