USTP Panaon, DTLE-FEG campaign for Media Literacy
By Modesto Rada, USTP Panaon FEG Home Economics Representative
The Department of Technology and Livelihood Education (DTLE), in partnership with the Future Educators’ Guild (FEG), organized a Media Literacy Campaign on November 29-30 in Room 102 of the Marine Biology (MB) Building at the USTP Panaon.
The campaign aimed to educate individuals on critically evaluating and analyzing the media they consume. All 2nd-year Bachelor of Technology and Livelihood Education (BTLED) students attended the said campaign and saw the need for increased awareness about the impact of media on our daily lives.
Mr. Stephen P. Tiu, a graduate of Silliman University with a degree in Mass Communication, was the invited resource speaker during the campaign. Mr. Tiu emphasized raising awareness about the importance of media literacy in today’s digital age. With the prevalence of social media and the internet, the spread of misinformation and fake news has become a pressing issue. The campaign sought to empower individuals to become more discerning consumers of media and to recognize the influence that media has on shaping public opinion.
The people who participated in the effort learned how to find reliable sources, check the accuracy of information, and spot bias in news stories. The resource speaker also discussed the tools and tactics to help people use the media responsibly and critically.
One of the campaign’s highlights was sharing personal experiences and insights on the challenges of reporting in the age of misinformation. It also highlighted the importance of media literacy in combating the spread of fake news and disinformation.
The campaign also emphasized the role of social media in shaping public opinion and discussed the potential dangers of echo chambers and filter bubbles. The education students were encouraged to diversify their media consumption and seek out different perspectives to better understand the world around them.
Overall, the media literacy campaign was a resounding success, with a strong turnout and enthusiastic participation from the community. Attendees left the event with a better understanding of critically engaging with the media and increased empowerment to navigate the complex media landscape.
As media continues to play a pivotal role in shaping public discourse, events like the media literacy campaign are crucial in equipping individuals with the necessary skills to navigate the information age responsibly. We must continue to promote media literacy and critical thinking to ensure we are well-informed and discerning media consumers.