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JOUREDIS Workshop 4

Workshop 4: Engaging readers through live blogging

Date: 7 April 2022, 16:00-18:00 (online)
Guest speaker: Dr Konstantinos Makris, Associate Professor of Environmental Health, Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health, Cyprus University of Technology
Trainer: Christiana Varda, Research Associate and PhD Student at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology

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Ready access to immediate information online, has increased audiences’ voracity for news as it happens. However, in an ongoing flow of online information which values speed over reflection, there can be a blurring of the line between evidence-based reporting and speculation. Reporting on science can be challenging, especially for issues which seem to be far removed from citizens’ daily concerns. How science is communicated, especially on social media, can influence what people think about and how they act in response to a scientific issue. This can have tremendous consequences for issues that affect societies at large.

Humanizing science stories, and grounding scientific evidence in people’s everyday experiences can amplify the impact of news stories, especially when it comes to environmental stories. In this workshop we will explore how evidence-based approaches can connect the environment with public health. Additionally, we will examine the value of balancing what is known and what is uncertain about an evolving scientific issue or a breaking news story during a liveblogging event.

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JOUREDIS Workshop 3

Workshop 3: Communicating science and the power of the crowd in digital journalism

Date: 17 March 2022, 16:00-18:00 (online)
Guest speaker: Dr Myrtani Pieri, Assistant Professor in Human Physiology, Department of Life and Health Sciences, School of Sciences and Engineering, University of Nicosia
Trainer: Christiana Varda, Research Associate and PhD Student at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology

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The popularity of social media and the increasing reliance on the internet to access information has reshaped how journalism is conducted and how news reaches audiences. The online context provides ample opportunities to engage in dialogue with experts, as well as other professionals; the same context can also allow journalists to interact with audiences in order to gain insights regarding their own scientific concerns or interests. This workshop will first present basic communication principles for communicating science effectively to a general non-expert audience. Following this participants will have the opportunity to become familiarized with crowdsourcing as a tool that can foster professional collaboration between journalists, between experts and journalists, or between journalists and the audience.

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JOUREDIS Workshop 2

Workshop 2: Let the data do the talking: Tools and good practices for data journalism

Date: 10 March 2022, 16:00-18:00 (online)
Guest speaker: Dr Costas Christophi, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health (CII) at the Cyprus University of Technology and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Trainer: Christiana Varda, Research Associate and PhD Student at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology

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The pandemic has inundated the public with data on a daily basis: the number of daily COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, deaths. But how can access to so much data be harnessed to engage audiences and help them make informed decisions based on evidence? Making issues that relate to environmental and health usable, accessible and comprehensible is important, as is often communicating the risks, especially for topics such as climate change or the recent technological developments in vaccines. This workshop will focus on how data journalism can help journalists tell a complex story in an engaging way. Participants will learn best practices for visualizing data using infographics. They will also explore a tool that could be used to create data visualizations, as well as a tool that helps journalists track data on the spread of misinformation on Twitter.

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New MCL publication

New MCL publication: “Investigating the Processes of Teacher and Researcher Empowerment and Learning in Co-design Settings”.

MCL announces a new publication by Eleni A. Kyza and Andria Agesilaou, titled “Investigating the Processes of Teacher and Researcher Empowerment and Learning in Co-design Settings”. The paper is part of the special issue “Teacher-Researcher Collaborations as Contexts of Learning”, edited by Susan R. Goldman, Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, and Eleni A. Kyza. The special issue is published in Cognition and Instruction’s first issue of 2022 (Volume 40, Issue 1).

Wednesday Webinars on Teacher Education in Digital & Media Literacy in Europe

The Media & Learning Association (MLA) announces a webinar series titled Wednesday Webinars on Teacher Education in Digital & Media Literacy in Europe.

Associate Professor Eleni Kyza will participate in the first webinar, which will take place on Wednesday, 23/2/2022 from 14:00-15:15 CET. The webinar is titled “Teacher Education in Digital & Media Literacy – the challenges in Initial Teacher Education”. You can register for free here: https://media-and-learning.eu/event/teacher-education-digital-and-media-literacy-the-challenges-in-initial-teacher-education/

Webinar description

Teacher training colleges all over Europe are facing an increasing demand to ensure they put in places digital and media literacy programmes for their student teachers. This comes on top of the many demands they already face in preparing teachers for the ever-changing educational system. During this webinar we will be hearing from a variety of researchers and teacher educators about their views and experiences of tackling this challenge. Should digital and media literacy be part of the formal programme in all teacher training colleges? what are the best ways to introduce and evaluate such programmes? Who should be responsible for introducing such programmes and then evaluating their success.

Speakers will include:

JOUREDIS Workshop 1

Workshop 1: Journalism in action: Developing competencies for mobile journalism

Date: 24 February 2022, 16:00-18:00 (online)
Guest speaker: Dr Nikolas Dietis, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Medical School, University of Cyprus
Trainer: Christiana Varda, Research Associate and PhD Student at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, Cyprus University of Technology

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The pandemic has laid bare the value and relevance of accurately reporting science in the media, especially for controversial topics that may be prone to misinformation (e.g., COVID-19 vaccinations, climate change). This is not without its challenges, considering that journalists often need to translate complex scientific findings into comprehensible stories that a general, lay audience can understand. This workshop will look at the common challenges that journalists face when reporting on socio-scientific issues and will focus on a journalist’s most accessible asset: their mobile device. Participants will explore how to make the most of their mobile devices to deliver “social-first” stories that can be shared with audiences directly and that create new forms of storytelling to engage with online users. The workshop will also present best practices for communicating science effectively, and ways in which misinformation can more effectively be corrected on social media. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to explore a tool that allows drafting, scheduling and monitoring engagement on threaded social media posts on Twitter.

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New MCL publication: Whose data are they

New MCL publication: Whose data are they? Elementary school students’ conceptualization of data ownership and privacy of personal digital data

The work of MCL members, Andria Agesilaou Dr. Eleni Kyza, has been recently accepted for publication in the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

The paper is titled “Whose data are they? Elementary school students’ conceptualization of data ownership and privacy of personal digital data”. In this work the authors discuss children’s awareness of their digital data, issues of online privacy and issues of data uses by others. They also examine how students comprehend data ownership of their digital data and how they decide to concede this ownership to others. Evidence of students’ conceptualization of data ownership is scarce in the literature. Τhe authors, through this work, provide some initial findings about data ownership, and discuss how the community can better understand children’s disclosure or privacy protection attitudes, by further unpacking this construct.

The paper is part of the Special Issue “Smart Toys, Smart Tangibles, Robots and other Smart Things for Children” which is edited by Cristina Sylla, Alejandro Catala, Arzu Güneysu Özgür, Katriina Heljakka.

The pre-proof of the paper can be accessed online here.

AERA Conference 2022: Symposium Acceptance

MCL researchers, Andria Agesilaou and Dr. Eleni A. Kyza will be participating in a symposium presentation at AERA 2022 (April 21 to 26). Their contribution is titled “Fostering awareness of big data through a quantified-self approach: Designing for critical data literacy” and it will be part of the symposium “Data Literacy in Context: Culturally Oriented and Place-Based Learning through Data”. The symposium was submitted to Division C – Learning and Instruction/Division C – Section 3a: Learning Environments and will take place on April 21.

Symposium abstract

This symposium responds to calls for increased focus on data literacy in education and specifically how context, culture, and place impact what and how people learn through data. The 11 studies aim to highlight: 1) Real-world issues that are investigated through data; 2) How place-based learning is enabled (e.g., what technologies and resources are used); 3) How identity, historical narratives, and local or cultural knowledge are engaged; and 4) Methods, analyses, and evaluation of learning and/or participation. This set of studies highlight the ubiquity of data literacy goals for a range of learners (e.g., youth to adults), a range of disciplinary applications (e.g., art to bioinformatics), and a range of contexts (e.g., rural to urban).

Chairs

Susan A. Yoon & Katherine M. Miller, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant

Andee Rubin, TERC

Contributions

  1. Place-Based Air Quality Inquiry in U.S. Rural Contexts
    Joseph L. Polman, Trang Chau Tran, Daniel W. Knight,
    University of Colorado Boulder
  2. Hyperlocal Expertise: Schoolyards as Rich and Complex Contexts for Developing Children’s Data Practices
    Kathryn Lanouette, College of William and Mary
    Victor R. Lee, Stanford University
  3. Learning Bioinformatics Through a Justice-Centered Design: Developing Student Relationships With Data in Urban Communities
    Susan A. Yoon, Jooeun Shim, Katherine Miller, Amanda Cottone, Noora Fatima Noushad, Thomas Richman, Amin Marei, Blanca Himes, Ryan Urbanowicz, University of Pennsylvania
    Michael Gonzalez, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  4. Seeing ourselves in the data: Situating data literacy in theory building and action-taking by youth
    Bodong Chen, University of Minnesota
    Leanne Ma, Ben Peebles, University of Toronto
  5. A framework for exploring self, community, histories, and futures through data
    Michelle Hoda Wilkerson, Meg Elena Escudé, Edward Rivero, Kris D. Gutiérrez, University of California, Berkeley
    David J. Stokes, Hollylynne Stohl Lee, North Carolina State University
    Emily V. Reigh, Stanford University
  6. No learning lost here: Youth critical data practices in the COVID-19 multi-pandemic
    Angela Calabrese Barton, Day W. Greenberg, Chandler Turner, Devon Riter, Leslie R. Herrenkohl, Elizabeth A. Davis, Tammy Quinn Tasker
    University of Michigan
  7. The role of data literacy in convergence and divergence of reasoning criteria between social groups
    Ilana Dubovi, Tel Aviv University
    Iris Tabak, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  8. Cultivating identities of care in the science classroom using complex systems data and modeling
    Veronica Cassone McGowan, University of Washington Bothell
    Philip L. Bell, University of Washington
  9. Place-making practices with COVID-19 data
    Joshua L. Radinsky, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Iris Tabak, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  10. Postcards from the Bronx: Students redefine what a healthy place is through justice-oriented data art
    Anna Amato, Camillia Matuk, Kayla DesPortes, Marian Tes, Ralph Vacca, New York University
    Veena Vasudevan, University of Pittsburgh
    Megan Silander, Educational Development Center
    Peter J. Woods, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  11. Fostering Awareness of Big Data Through a Quantified-Self Approach: Designing for Critical Data Literacy
    Andria Agesilaou, Eleni A. Kyza, Cyprus University of Technology

JOUREDIS

The Media, Cognition and Learning (MCL) research group of the Department of Communication and Internet Studies at the Cyprus University of Technology announces a series of workshops focused on addressing misinformation through digital journalism.

JOUREDIS is a one-year program (2021-2022) and is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The project is realized by the Media, Cognition and Learning Research Group at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), in collaboration with the non-profit organization Media What and theCyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health also at CUT.

PROJECT AIMS

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a heightened demand for news articles that concern health, and has increased people’s daily contact with scientific issues. Even though there are more journalists reporting on public health issues today, the easy access to online information, regardless of credibility, has highlighted the dangers that lurk in relation to the spread of misinformation. JOUREDIS is a project that aims to support journalists’ efforts to resist misinformation through the use of digital journalism tools.

The series is aimed at journalists and journalism or communication studies students and will take place between February and May 2022. The first workshop will take place online, on 24 February 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participation is free of charge, after pre-registration. Seats are limited.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in workshops that will provide them with skills needed to engage with mobile journalism, writing for social media, live blogging and fact-checking.

You can express your interest to participate in the workshops by completing this form.

The project will culminate with the creation of a series of learning modules which will be accompanied with short explainer videos.

For more information visit https://jouredis.cut.ac.cy

 

Focus: To support journalists’ efforts to resist misinformation through the use of digital journalism tools

Funding: U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)

Status: On-going

JOUREDIS: Digital journalism against misinformation

The Media, Cognition and Learning (MCL) research group of the Department of Communication and Internet Studies at the Cyprus University of Technology announces a series of workshops focused on addressing misinformation through digital journalism.

JOUREDIS is a one-year program (2021-2022) and is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The project is realized by the Media, Cognition and Learning Research Group at the Department of Communication and Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), in collaboration with the non-profit organization Media What and the Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health also at CUT.

PROJECT AIMS

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a heightened demand for news articles that concern health, and has increased people’s daily contact with scientific issues. Even though there are more journalists reporting on public health issues today, the easy access to online information, regardless of credibility, has highlighted the dangers that lurk in relation to the spread of misinformation. JOUREDIS is a project that aims to support journalists’ efforts to resist misinformation through the use of digital journalism tools.

The series is aimed at journalists and journalism or communication studies students and will take place between February and May 2022. The first workshop will take place online, on 24 February 2022, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participation is free of charge, after pre-registration. Seats are limited.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in workshops that will provide them with skills needed to engage with mobile journalism, writing for social media, live blogging and fact-checking.

You can express your interest to participate in the workshops by completing this form.

The project will culminate with the creation of a series of learning modules which will be accompanied with short explainer videos.

For more information visit https://jouredis.cut.ac.cy