Partners & Users of the GML Curriculum
Who's attending the Salzburg Academy?
Since 2007, universities on five continents have sent students to the Salzburg Academy. Key global academic participants have included:
Who's using the Salzburg Academy Lesson Plans?
Multiple institutions across the globe have partnered with the Salzburg Academy over the years in both large and small ways.
But beyond those institutions, there have been other international schools and organizations that have contributed in substantive ways.
Below is a list of over 100 countries where individual or institutions have downloaded the online GML lesson plans and contributed to the dissemination of the skills of media literacy explicated on this site.
Following this list is a summary of a few especially key partners of the Salzburg Academy over the years.
UNESCO promotes freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a basic human right, through sensitization and monitoring activities and fosters media independence and pluralism as prerequisites and major factors of democratization by providing advisory services on media legislation and sensitizing governments, parliamentarians and other decision-makers.
Chief among other UNESCO activities in this field: the proclamation in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly of a World Press Freedom Day to be celebrated on May 3; the establishment of an advisory group on press freedom including media professionals from all parts of the world; the establishment in 1997 of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
UNESCO supports independent media in zones of conflict in order to enable them to play an active role in conflict prevention and resolution and the transition towards a culture of peace.
Photo © UNESCO / UNESCO officer George Papagiannis and ICMPA Prof. Susan Moeller
The World Association of Newspapers [WAN]
Founded in 1958, the World Association of Newspapers, a non-profit, non-government organization, groups 76 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 102 nations, 10 news agencies and 10 regional press organizations. In all, the Association represents more than 18,000 publications on five continents.
WAN has a vibrant Young Reader program that conducts readership development activities in areas affecting the newspaper and electronic information (SMS/text and Internet) industries. WAN also hosts an NIE or Newspaper in Education program that encourages the use of newspapers as an additional classroom "textbook" to provide lessons in basic reading, mathematics, politics, science, social studies, geography and critical thinking.
One of WAN's most dynamic projects is its World Newspaper Reading Passport. The passport gives young readers over a dozen fun activities to complete that stimulate interest in reading newspapers and an awareness of current events.
At least 50,000 children throughout Indonesia have begun using the World Newspaper Reading Passport, along with 30,000 children in Norway, 45,000 children in 10 regions of Ghana and more than 100,000 all over the United Kingdom.
Gerard van der Weijden created and co-authored the World Newspaper Reading Passport for WAN with Jan Vincens Steen, manager of NIE in Norway. The first version was tested by six schools throughout Ghana with the help of Media in Education Trust-Ghana, an NGO that specializes in promoting the use of newspapers in schools.
Van der Weijden participated in the July 2008 Paris meeting on the UNESCO curriculum.
Link TV broadcasts programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media. Global Pulse, Mosaic, and Pulso Latino contrast and analyze news coverage produced by more than 70 national broadcasters.
With a grant from the Knight Foundation, LinkTV has launched a valuable new media literacy tool called "Know the News" that launched in beta, especially for the Salzburg Academy. Know the News is part of the national satellite channel Link TV’s Global Pulse News Service. The remixing tool allows users to compare news coverage from around the world, test their knowledge of how news is shaped, and shape some news packages themselves. Note that this tool is used as a possible exercise in a number of the Global Media Literacy lesson plans archived on this site.