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About The Student View

The Student View is a digital media literacy charity working to create a newsroom in every school and ensure all young people become critical media consumers and creators. It is based in London, United Kingdom.

Headquarters Location

49 Brixton Station Rd

London, England, SW9 8PQ,

United Kingdom

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How news course The Student View is teaching young people about misinformation and media literacy

Apr 5, 2021

Media literacy merits space on the school timetable, argues Ian Burrell April 5, 2021 6:00 am William Carter suffered so badly from dyslexia at school that he was unable to read at the age of 13. Today, at 22 he is studying at the University of California, Berkeley, on a prestigious Fulbright scholarship, having graduated from the Bristol University with a first-class degree in politics and international relations. Among the steps on Carter’s learning journey was his attendance at The Student View , an innovative lunchtime project at his school, Kingsdale Foundation in West Dulwich, south London, where pupils from poorer backgrounds learned media literacy to help them to identify trusted news. Another alumnus of this scheme is Adam Abdullah, who was was elected Young Mayor of Lewisham while a 15-year-old pupil of Addey & Stanhope School, Lewisham. A year later he had a byline in the Financial Times, writing on the subject of tackling youth violence. i's opinion newsletter: talking points from today Email address is invalid Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. The Student View has ambitious plans to teach media literacy to 10,000 schoolchildren across Britain over the next three years. This is vital work and merits space in the school timetable. During the past year, teenage children have been exposed to misinformation like never before, as they spend even more of their lives online in an atmosphere of high anxiety. Solomon Elliott was just 21 and at the outset of his teaching career at Kingsdale Foundation School when he realised the unprecedented vulnerability of this generation to lies and propaganda. He watched in horror as mainstream media engaged with Donald Trump as he cynically promoted the outrageous “birther conspiracy”, aimed at undermining Barack Obama’s right to stand as US President. Read More “Trump was derided but it was still a topic for discussion on mainstream news,” he says. “The super-chilling thing was that it was actually an effective political tactic.” Elliott realised that social media is making publishers out of everyone, and that teenagers often measure their value in the reactions they receive after posting on these platforms. “Their main feedback loop was being publicly celebrated when they posted something. How could you put that in an educational setting? I thought journalism was a cool way to do it.” He set up a newspaper club for Year 7 pupils in receipt of free school meals. Sixth-formers, including Carter, attended as mentors. The attendees thrived. Elliott recalls: “Their literacy levels improved and they had increased confidence because they were getting more attention.” The 12-hour Student View programme, aimed at 14- to 18-year-olds, was created on a WordPress blog, which Elliott shared with trainee teacher friends at five other schools that then adopted the idea. Aged 23, Elliott put his teaching career on hold and went full time with The Student View, which grew to 20 schools in its first year. The scheme helps teenagers to distinguish between “misinformation” (often unintentional), “disinformation” (calculated falsehoods) and gossip. It draws on Finland’s media literacy model. “They have had to deal with systemic propaganda since the Bolshevik revolution and have made it the bedrock of their teaching,” says Elliott. The Student View has captured the imagination of media professionals. Elliott found support from Jon Slade, chief commercial officer of the Financial Times, which became a sponsor. Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian, became patron. Google provided a grant, which enabled The Student View to expand beyond London to 72 pop-up school newsrooms in 20 cities from Cardiff to Newcastle. Read More

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