About Digital Crossroads: Media Literacy and Migration

This project explores the role of media literacy in enabling state and non-state actors to engage critically and skillfully with information and communication in digital spaces.

In light of the recent humanitarian crisis in Syria and its impact on communities across the globe, this project will use the case of migration to explore how media frames issues, sets public agendas, and engages in cultural meaning-making in the digital public sphere.

Public bodies and citizens affected by the migration crisis are using connective platforms, social networks and digital technologies to consume, produce, express and share information in ever more open, diverse, and collaborative ways. Media literacy thus becomes central to how citizens demand diverse and balanced media coverage of issues, create and share their own narratives about issues of importance to them, and interact with policy makers and government officials about how such issues impact contemporary society.

This project, in partnership with the IFA (Institut Für Auslandsbeziehungen), will examine how digital media is effectively used as a tool to share and repurpose information, cultivate cultural meaning-making and inspire social action.

The outcome will be a report on media literacy, public policy and migration, and a robust online resource that synthesizes a set of media literacy recommendations for those involved with developing constructive online messaging campaigns for and by communities impacted by migration. The findings of the research will be shared at a public workshop designed in coordination with the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change.

Banner Image: Mare Nostrum, 2014. Courtesy of Massimo Sestini.