Media literacy has been a component ofSouth African schooling for some years.(Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jaco du ToitUnesco regional office, Windhoek+264 61 291 7221RELATED ARTICLES• Unesco, AU to boost African journalism• Unesco lauds SA literacy project• Social development in SOuth Africa• SA celebrates media freedomJanine ErasmusA three-day regional teacher workshop to be held in early November 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa, aims to boost literacy in new media and information skills. The workshop is a joint project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and the University of Pretoria.At least 20 teacher trainers from countries in the Southern African region, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia, are to attend. Similar regional events will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to cover teacher training institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for teacher training institutions in the South Asia region.The event centres on Unesco’s draft media and information literacy (MIL) curriculum for teacher education, which is soon to be piloted in teacher training institutions in at least eight developing countries.Trainers at the African event will be brought up to speed with the latest developments in the field of media and information literacy as it pertains to teacher education. They will also have the opportunity to discuss the draft curriculum and give their feedback on it, both as a whole and for specific modules. This feedback is expected to enhance the draft.The development of the MIL programme is steered by an international expert group. Local media education expert Professor Fackson Banda, the SABMiller-Unesco Chair of Media and Democracy at Rhodes University’s journalism school, represents the country in this group. Visiting professor Albert Boekhorst, an information scientist connected to Pretoria University’s Department of Information Science, also works on the project.The group meets regularly to review the curriculum’s progress and make recommendations for its further improvement. The upcoming workshop is an extension of the ongoing validation process.Media expert Professor Birgitte Tufte of the Copenhagen Business School names South Africa as one of the world’s leading countries in media education, along with Australia, Canada, and Great Britain. Other countries slowly following suit include the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Austria, and Switzerland.South Africa held its first media education conference in 1990 and has seen an increasing demand for media education since the arrival of democracy in 1994.Understanding the mediaThe Alexandria Proclamation says that information literacy and life-long learning are “beacons of the Information Society, illuminating the courses to development, prosperity and freedom”. The proclamation was drawn up at a colloquium on information literacy and life-long learning held in Alexandria, Egypt, in November 2005.Media and communication technologies, says Unesco, are crucial in keeping people informed so that they can competently assess, process and use media, in a variety of forms, in their personal lives and careers.This competency allows citizens to participate usefully in democratic societies. It also allows them to create their own functional media messages.Media and information technologies also stimulate creativity and debate on a range of issues, but their effectiveness is entirely dependent on the audience’s ability to understand, process and use the information while filtering out propaganda and bias.The MIL programme aims to foster literacy in mass media as well as information and communication technologies among the youth of the world, who are today’s most eager media consumers, according to Unesco. These children obtain their news not only through traditional channels but also through new platforms such as social networking sites, where they interact with their peers.However, because of their tender age, these consumers are also most vulnerable to the dangers of misusing or misinterpreting the media.Before media literacy programmes are included in school teaching, a number of obstacles must be overcome, including overworked teachers and already full curricula. South Africa’s own school curriculum has undergone a number of revisions since 1994, when the controversial outcomes-based system was phased in. The 2008 group of matrics was the first to write their final exams under the new system.Teachers themselves need media and information literacy education to be able to understand the role and importance of media, and to be able to equip their pupils with the same skills.Unesco will work towards the inclusion of media literacy in national teacher training curricula, thus creating a ripple effect that will eventually filter down to pupils of secondary education level. The results and effectiveness of eight pilot projects will be shared with government education departments, and will determine the level of integration into national curricula.The integration of libraries into the programme is another crucial step, as libraries offer an environment with valuable resources and services, and play an important role in the life-long learning process.
sarah perez Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is getting old. No, people aren’t getting tired of it, it’s actually getting old, as in its population is aging. In May of 2008, the median age for Facebook was 26. Today, it’s 33, a good seven years older. That’s an interesting turn of events for a site once built for the exclusive use of college students. So where are today’s college students hanging out now? Well, to some extent, they’re still on Facebook, despite having to share the space with moms, dads, grandparents, and bosses. Surprisingly though, they’re also headed to another network you may have heard of: Twitter.As it turns out, Gen Y likes Twitter…Well, maybe not, but they are using itOver the course of the year, there have been countless reports – some more substantial than others – but all with the same message: Generation Y is just not interested in Twitter. The reports generally cited members of this demographic as saying Twitter was “pointless” and “narcissistic.” Apparently, that’s beginning to change. Well, maybe not their perception of Twitter, but certainly their use of it. Today, Twitter is now the second-youngest of the top four social networking sites. Its median age is 31. MySpace’s is 26, LinkedIn is 39, and, as noted above, Facebook is 33.When looking at specific younger demographic segments, and not just Gen Y, you can see strong Twitter uptake over the past year. For example, 37% of those 18-24 now use Twitter when only 19% did back in December 2008. And in the slightly older 25-34 bracket, a portion of which could still be considered Gen Y, 31% are now using the service compared to only 20% in December of last year. Combined, these two groups account for more than half of Twitter’s network. Why is Gen Y Now Flocking to Twitter?So what gives? Why has Gen Y seemingly changed their minds about the social microblogging network that only months ago they avoided? A recent AP article offered up some ideas including the influx of celebrity tweeters, pressure from teachers or bosses, and it even hinted that Gen Y’ers entering the workplace have found value in the network for business-related purposes. That same sentiment was shared by Meredith Sires of Gen Y trend-watching site, YPulse. She theorizes that the rapid growth in the 18-24 demographic has to do more with the recent college graduates segment of that group finding ways to build entirely new online contact lists and create new identities more closely tied to information-sharing. However, there have not been any in-depth studies that detail all the various reasons that Gen Y has chosen to adopt the microblogging network. To date, everything cited consists of just theories and speculations based on anecdotal evidence. But while all the ideas have merit, the theory that rings truest to our ears is the one put forth by Craig Watkins, a University of Texas professor and author of the book “The Young and the Digital.” He says that what we’re seeing is “…a kind of closing of that generational gap as it relates to technology.” In other words, young and old alike are joining the same networks and socializing in the same spaces. At this point, we would have to agree. After all, Gen Y (or Gen Z for that matter), hasn’t all of a sudden flocked to some new social networking site where the majority of the online user base mostly consists of their peers. Although some niche sites like FML, Failblog, TextsFromLastNight, and Sporcle have apparently attracted this young crowd, their numbers are dwarfed by those of Facebook, Twitter, and the like. It seems as if Gen Y is simply content to join the older adults on the top social networks of today and not strike out on their own…and vice versa. The older social networking users, in turn, never really set up shop on networks designed just for them like the (now “hibernating”) Boomj, a social network for baby boomers, or the online old folks home eons.com. They, too, have gravitated towards Facebook and Twitter. Will this ever change? Will there ever be another network dominated by the digital youth? Of course no one can know for sure, but odds are that unless it’s a closed-off network where entry is barred to those over a certain age, any new social network will have trouble keeping the grown-ups out these days. And even if some such network ever sprang into existence, it may struggle to attract the Gen Y members it desires – especially since they’re so content to socialize on the sites they already use. And now that they’ve added Twitter to that list, the challenge to draw them away to yet another social networking site may prove even more difficult than before.Note: statistics in this article are from Pew Internet’s Recent Report on Twitter for Fall 2009 Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#iCloud#iOS 7 If you have been interested in getting a feel for the upcoming release of iOS 7, but haven’t wanted to run a beta release of the mobile operating system on your Apple device, there’s now a pain-free way to get a taste of the iOS to come.Apple’s iCloud, the browser-based cloud service that provides Apple ID account holders tools to supplement their mobile experience, has a new beta site that displays some of the new design elements of iOS 7.Find My iPhone in iCloud BetaGone is the dark-grey linen background with shadowed icons that shouted skeuomorphism, and in its place is a much flatter, cleaner interface that leans towards a lighter end of the spectrum.Six of the available apps in the beta iCloud site also show the iOS 7 look-and-feel (the three beta iWorks apps—Pages, Numbers and Keynote—are still mired in the current interface.Numbers and rest of iWork apps are still grounded in past.Poking around the apps, I found the overall design to be appealing. The Mail app was reflective of the changes throughout all of the updates apps: extremely clean lines, light design elements, and an emphasis on the text through the use of the sharp-looking Helvetica Neue font.The Calendar app was especially nice: entering appointments is not rocket science for other calendars, but it was far more painless using the iCloud Calendar app.Calendar for iCloud BetaOne thing that kind of stuck out for me as I walked around the apps was the distinct reminder of another interface I’ve seen lately: Office 365. The color scheme on the Calendar app seemed the most overt reminder of the Office apps. This is not necessary a bad thing, but it’s definitely a resemblance, though slight.If this is indeed the way ahead for iOS 7, then it’s a change to which I’m going to be looking forward. But I can’t help wondering how much effort it will take other app developers to get their apps’ look and feel to come close to this design. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology brian proffitt Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
Editor Eyal Dimant shares some insights based on his work editing with the Coen Brothers on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”While we all know and love the Coen Brothers for their filmmaking masterpieces spanning from Raising Arizona to The Big Lebowski to their latest Netflix anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, we usually associate the brothers as savant writer and directors.However, editing has long been a part of the duo’s filmmaking expertise (and was actually how Joel got his break into the industry, working as an assistant editor on Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead in 1981). True auteurs, the Coen Brothers more often than not write, direct, produce and edit their own features, including: Blood Simple, Barton Fink, Fargo and No Country for Old Men.Despite their film editing upbringings, the brothers have finally made the transition to digital on their latest Netflix anthology feature The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. They’ve also begun to divvy up their filmmaking control on projects like Buster Scruggs and have enlisted the help of other collaborators and editors to help out.One lucky editor was Eyal Dimant. In an interview with Adobe, he had some pretty interesting insights to share from his experience working with the Coen Brothers on their latest film.Sitting in with the Coen BrothersImage via Fargo (Gramercy Pictures).Image from Fargo (via.I was very fortunate. Usually, you’re an editor and you’re working with directors, or you’re an assistant to other editors. Here, I got to sit next to the directors, who were also the editors, for nearly a year. I learned a lot about how they edit, which is very different from most other workflows.Eyal was brought onto The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as an associate editor to help streamline their digital editing process. If you really want to learn a skill set, the best way is to go out do it yourself. The second best way is to work side-by-side with those who have done it time and time again. Look for those with enough valuable wisdom to share.How Filmmakers EditImage via Raising Arizona (20th Century Fox).Joel and Ethan are usually writing and directing, so they’re not in Premiere Pro every day. We wanted to make sure they had a seamless editing experience that allowed for maximum collaboration.There’s a big difference between being asked to sit down and edit a project for someone else, and being a filmmaker yourself and trying to sit down to edit your own film. For the Coen Brothers, as Eyal explains, the editing process was never a traditional singular focus gig. After all, they always had other things going on. It was Eyal’s role to streamline that process to make it accessible for the brothers to bounce in and out of.A Collaborative Editing ProcessImage via Barton Fink (via 20th Century Fox).It’s interesting to peek into how the two brothers were able to edit together collaboratively. Eyal shares that they had a workflow where “Ethan would pull his selections from the dailies and move them into a bin. When he was done, he’d ring a bell. That was the cue for Eyal and his fellow editors to refresh Joel’s system, where Joel would pull all the selections and insert them into the timeline.”This two-person daily review system would help weed out unwanted shots. It also focused both of them on their best footage and what they’d be looking for moving forward.Trying New Styles and EffectsImage via The Big Lebowski (Gramercy Pictures).The most fun part of the job was being a sounding board, giving them suggestions and ideas as they worked. I would usually jump in to do split screens, or any other optical effects that Joel wanted to be able to see immediately in the cut.The Coen Brothers have never been traditional filmmaking purists in a lot of senses. They’ve often found fun and creative ways to utilize split-screens and other simple visual tricks (most notably in The Big Lebowski) in their films. So, part of Eyal’s job was to be their editing associate resource to jump in and help on these optical effects. That way the brothers could check out and review them.Never Stop Challenging Yourself and LearningImage via No Country for Old Men (Paramount Vantage).My ideal project is one where I’m surrounded by people who are smarter than I am. I like to learn new things and be challenged on a daily basis, which is exactly what happened with this film.If Eyal and the Coen Brothers can teach the rest of us anything about editing, it’s that the most important aspect in a filmmaker is the desire to keep learning. Even with Eyal’s 20 years of industry experience, and the Coen Brothers decades of filmmaking success, both are always looking for new challenges and ways to grow their craft. And so should you.Cover image via The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.For more filmmaking and editing advice and interviews, check out some of these links.Documentary Editing Tips and Avoiding Unconscious BiasVideo Editing 101: Prepping for a Quick (and Successful) Edit5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web SeriesProfessional Video Editing Tips and TechniquesJonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greats
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Productivity is measured not by crossing tasks off of a list. Productivity is measured by the outcomes you generate. That measurement is both qualitative and quantitive.Hard WorkMany people should be working a lot harder. If you are not doing enough work, with enough effort, and over a long enough time, you may not be producing the result you want because you aren’t doing the work necessary. You might be lazy, but you might also be lacking the discipline to block your time and avoid the distractions that prevent you from working hard.You may also not yet have decided on a purpose or meaning that would drive your effort, something you should do now, right now, even if it changes over time.Most people could stand to work harder.Smart WorkOther people believe the key to producing results is to work smarter. They spend their time trying to find ways to hack their work, to make it easier, to automate it, or to do things with less effort. A lot of hackers spend more time working on their hacks than they do on the work and only later discover that they would have been better off doing the work than spending infinitely more time on workarounds.While there is nothing wrong with trying to be efficient, it can’t come at the expense of your effectiveness, and you can’t allow yourself to become addicted to trying to hack your way to great results in endeavors that require you do the work.Most would do better by doing the right work instead of trying to work smarter.The Right WorkIf you want to be productive and reach your goals, doing the right work is more important than how hard or smart you work.Some tasks show up in your world that have nothing whatsoever to do with your goals and initiatives, email being one of them, as is most of what shows up there. Even though you may have to complete some tasks that are not going to move the needle as it pertains to your goals, you cannot allow those things to crowd out the right work, the work that produces the results you want.The right work is that small subset of tasks and projects that move you closer to your goals and outcomes. If you are going to work hard, put that effort against these few tasks. If you want to work smarter, make good decisions about what these tasks are, and give yourself a fighting chance by eliminating the interruptions and distractions that steal your time.
The Calangute police in North coastal Goa on Tuesday arrested a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan, Rajvir Prabhudayal Singh, for outraging the modesty of a woman.Jivba Dalvi, Police Inspector-in-charge of Calangute police station, said that a complaint was received from a lady from Mumbai who was sea-bathing along with her husband and kids at Calangute beach on Tuesday at around 4 p.m. Mr. Singh, who was also sea-bathing nearby, approached the lady, allegedly touched her inappropriately and abused her with vulgar words, thereby outraging her modesty.Further, when the lady’s husband questioned the accused, Mr. Singh assaulted him with fist blows.The police registered an offence Under Section 354-A, 323 of the Indian Penal Code and during the investigation the accused was arrested.During the investigation, it was revealed that the accused, 43, from Dhimwali in Rajasthan, is posted as a Hawaldar in the CRPF and is currently deployed at Recruit Training Centre in Madhya Pradesh, police said.
APTN National NewsVictoria Henneberry had her second-degree murder conviction appeal dismissed by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Thursday.Henneberry argued she panicked when she pleaded guilty to murdering Loretta Saunders two years ago.Saunders, an Inuk woman, was murdered inside her Halifax apartment in February 2014. Her body was later found along a highway in New Brunswick.Henneberry was arrested later in Ontario with her boyfriend, and accomplice, Blake Leggette, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.See related stories here: Loretta Saunders More to come …