In an Australian first, Sydney will host a national news and media literacy conference for kids and teens on November 19 and 20.

Hosted by Crinkling News, the national newspaper for young Australians, MediaMe will explore how this generation understands the media – how kids and teens can learn to make better choices about what and who to trust in an age of information saturation.

During the conference the participants will put together an action plan for government, recommending important steps that should be taken to help young people develop media skills.

35 media savvy 10 – 15 yo’s were selected from around the country. They will join seasoned journalists from across the media industry, as well as academics and experts in social media and democracy, and representatives from Facebook and Google.

MediaMe will also launch the results of Australia’s first children’s news and media survey coordinated by Western Sydney University, Queensland University of Technology and Crinkling News.

The conference will conclude with a public debate involving six kids on the topic “The news is not for kids”, which will be streamed live on Facebook from 10am AEDT on Monday, November 20.



What:              MediaMe: Australia’s kids-only national media literacy conference

When:             9:30am – 9:45am start, Monday November 20

Where:            Museum of Contemporary Art, Harbourside Room, 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

Who:               35 students representing Australian 10 – 15yo’s, National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and Chair of the Senate committee inquiry into the future of public interest journalism, Senator Sam Dastyari

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Six children in a live public debate on the topic: The news is not for kids

35 media savvy 10 – 15 yo’s working with journalists and experts to develop a national                                        media literacy action plan

Media contact:

Media Me conference            Andrea Rowe – Mob 0409 965 552

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