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This national conference is what everyone needs in the transition to the technological age

When we talk about literacy, the first thing that comes to mind is the ability to read and write. On the other hand, as defined by the Oxford dictionary, its secondary meaning is “competence in a particular area”. Media literacy is therefore the ability to recognize different types of media and understand the messages being sent. Young people are currently absorbing a lot of information from a wide variety of sources that go far beyond traditional media such as television, radio, newspapers and magazines. There are viral videos, text messages, memes, video games, social media, advertisements and much more. The digital age has made it easier for everyone to create media, which is an issue that contributes to public health concerns, bullying and aggression, depression, substance abuse, and the spread of fake news, among other things. Media literacy gives us a better understanding of how to interpret the information we see and enables us to be more thoughtful and conscious in creating our own messages.

To achieve the level of literacy we need to keep the media alive, we need to recognize good scriptures and good writers and come together as a nation to draw them out of their hiding places, to develop them, to empower them, and to empower them keep them going.

—AA Patawaran

After the Covid-19 pandemic drove the world into the era of new media, knowledge of the digital world has become all the more important. “Intermidya 2020: Exploring the Multidisciplinary Ecosystem of the Digital World through Media Literacy” is a national conference that deals with the need of our time to promote today’s media understanding. From budding media practitioners to everyday consumers, from academics to educators, everyone should benefit from attending the two-day online event organized by the Trinity University of Asia’s Media and Communications Department.

“This conference will help attendees become smarter media consumers as well as producers of their own media that are relative in their respective fields. In a larger context, media literacy also promotes the skills that help people to work together because it promotes a respectful discourse and builds civic skills, ”says Prof. Al Ryanne Gatcho, Secretariat of Intermidya 2020. “November is such a timely month because we look forward to learning or expanding our knowledge before the end of this year,” he adds.

At the conference on media competence, personalities from the media industry, the Communication Committee, member of the University Commission Dr. Jose Reuben Alagaran II, President of Future Thinkers Philippines Dr. Lizan Perante-Calina, ABS-CBN’s multi-platform reporter integrated news and current affairs Jacques Manabat, and Manila Bulletin’s own lifestyle editor AA offer. Communication specialists from various educational institutions are also invited to chat in the digital event.

The conference will take place on November 27th and 28th and can be viewed on Facebook www./facebook.com/ncml.2020 and YouTube Live www.youtube.com/channel/UCGvz1VPpcBZXsTmbjgORqQ.

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