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    N&MRC Seminar: Young Australians, News Engagement and News Literacy

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    Are young people really disengaged with news and current affairs? Or is this a myth? This seminar presents findings from a new report “News and Young Australians in 2023: Howe Children and Teens Access, Perceive and are Affected by News Media” about the news practices of Australians aged 8-16 years. This national survey has been carried out every three years 2017. The 2023 survey includes new question sets about young people’s news literacy and explores the relationship between young people’s news engagement and their civic engagement. This presentation about the survey findings will be delivered as part of Global Media Literacy Week. Following the presentation, we will also hear a response from Annabel Astbury, Head of ABC Education and the Chair of the Australian Media Literacy Alliance.


    Associate Professor Tanya Notley investigates the social and cultural impact of communication technologies at Western Sydney University, where she is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Institute for Culture and Society. She collaborates with cultural institutions, media literacy and social justice organisations. Tanya is currently leading a national ARC Linkage project that focused on using adult media literacy to address misinformation. Tanya is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA).


    Annabel Astbury is the Head of Education at the ABC where she leads the vision and strategic direction for schools education content across the organisation. Prior to this role, Annabel was a classroom teacher . She has also worked closely with students, teachers, government and cultural institutions over the past years promoting history education and learning with ‘digital’ technologies in her role as Executive Director at the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. Annabel is also the Chair of the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA).

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