Welcome to issue 39 of the Call to Comms!

This Monday marked the beginning of the Global Media and Information Literacy Week! It's also an opportunity to stress the importance of media literacy, and why it has become an essential tool to understand and analyze information. This week, we focus on a method useful to be sure of what you read online.

Also this week: a special focus on the situation in Gaza, 6 months of war in Sudan, and Capacity Europe.

Media and Information Literacy

What is Media and Information Literacy?

In our interconnected world, we're exposed to huge streams of information from a variety of online sources. Whether it's online newspaper articles, YouTube videos or this newsletter, media literacy is key to determining which information is reliable and which is not.

Media and information literacy empowers people to engage with information they find online, and reduce the risk of misinformation and the spread of fake news.

How do I know if what I see online is trustworthy?

If, like most of us, you've ever found yourself in a situation where you weren't sure about the reliability of a piece of information, the CRAAP test can be a useful tool to critically evaluate the quality of any source of information.

  • Currency: When was the information published, updated or revised?
  • Relevance: Is the information presented a superficial or a detailed analysis?
  • Authority: Who are the authors and editors? Is it peer-reviewed?
  • Accuracy: Can you verify the claim in other sources? Is there a bibliography or some work cited?
  • Purpose: Is the purpose of the information stated?Is the subject approached from a neutral or biased point of view?

What role does media literacy play in TSF projects?

The Internet offers an almost infinite source of information and has a real potential in our everyday life. However, being aware of its limitations is also important, to mitigate the risks of misinformation.

This is one of the objectives of our project in Madagascar: teaching young Internet users how to use this digital tool in a safe manner by raising awareness of its potential risks.

C2C#032: Why Is Literacy Important in Humanitarian Crises?
Misinformation is dangerous for everyone, but for people in humanitarian crisis situations, the risks and stakes are often higher. How can literacy help?

This week’s reads

1 - The situation in Gaza: special focus

  • The latest figures:
    • According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, more than 5,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 13,000 wounded; 
    • According to OCHA, more than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, mostly during the initial attack. 
    • The UN estimates that one million Palestinans have been displaced in two weeks.

2- Crisis in Sudan

3 - Interviews from TSF staff: learn more about our work directly from our team

Also this week

Thank you to all participants and ambassadors for the opportunity to spread TSF’s mission and message during the Capacity Europe event!

See you next week!