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Pre-Academy Work | فروض ما قبل الأكاديمية

NOTE: The following readings and responses are to be completed by all students.

The following readings must be completed by all students prior to coming to the Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut. These readings were chosen to provide you with some common language and direction around the issues we’ll be exploring in Academy.


Media literacy and the challenge of new information and communication technologies by Sonia Livingstone.

Sowing the seeds of digital and media literacy in Lebanon and the Arab World: The importance of a locally grown and sustainable curriculum by Jad Melki.

The State of Media Literacy by W. James Potter.


Assignment in Arabic and English


After reading the three documents, please compose a short essay that incorporates both readings, and answer the following question:

  • Please start by telling us about any media and digital literacy initiatives, courses, workshops or activities in your country or other Arab country you are familiar with. What were their goals, how successful have they been, and what have they achieved?
  • What role can media literacy play in the Arab world, particularly in your country?
  • What are the most pressing topics that should be addressed in a media literacy course offered at an Arab university, especially in your country?
  • How can media literacy better foster connectivity and understanding in the Arab world, across cultures, religions, and other divides?

The essay should be 2-3 pages long (roughly 1 paragraph per question), 12pt font, double-spaced, with a short bibliography. The essay can be in Arabic or in English.

DEADLINE: 8 August 2014 at 10 PM

Please email the essay to us to (mdlab@aub.edu.lb)

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