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Critical Media Literacy

The Centre for Critical Media Literacy aims to facilitate a range of media research, production, learning and community engagement, with a commitment to equality and diversity, and to an understanding of media literacy in wider social, economic and political contexts. Its mission includes scientifically informed and timely studies of the changing technologies that are used in media production, distribution and consumption.

PhD Scholarship Opportunity: The centre is pleased to be able to offer a scholarship for a four-year PhD working on a community-based media-literacy project. It would be of particular interest to someone with a background in journalism and strong knowledge of social media. The project, which has been approved for funding under the College of Arts and Tourism scholarship scheme in DIT, will use The Liberty, a ‘hyperlocal’ newspaper and website produced by students at Dublin Institute of Technology for a mainly working-class community in Dublin's inner city, to innovate in the area of journalistic transparency. The project will employ social media as a forum for sharing 'the story behind the story', with tweets, Facebook updates, YouTube videos and Instagram posts that unveil aspects of the production of journalism, from notebook pages to editing history, from who-was-interviewed to who-refused. A doctoral-level researcher will be responsible for implementation, monitoring, community engagement and evaluation of this project. Once implemented, the project would help readers to understand better the process of news construction, and help journalists-in-training to become accustomed to radical ideas of public openness about that process.

The successful candidate will of course be in a position to shape the direction of this research. She or he will receive payment of €16,000 per annum, plus up to €2,000 in additional expenses; non-EU fees may apply. Interested individuals should send a CV and some indication of their approach to and suitability for this project to by February 26th 2018.



Past event and forthcoming publication: Thanks to all who contributed to the inaugural conference of the Centre for Critical Media Literacy at DIT on October 20th and 21st 2017. Thanks especially to our invited guests Dr Richard BarbrookProf David Buckingham, Niamh Sweeney (head of public policy at Facebook Ireland) and consultants Martina Chapman and Sheena Horgan. The conference was supported by DIT's School of Media and School of Multidisciplinary Technologies and a dedicated team of volunteer students of journalism. 

More than 30 talks across a range of disciplines were heard by more than 100 people who attended. A special edition of the peer-reviewed open-access journal Irish Communications Review will be published based on papers given at the conference. See this website for further details as they emerge, and contact from the School of Media or from the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies for further information about the work of the centre. 




Tel: +353 1 402 3146

Featured Projects

Irish Communications Review: a forum for media-related research

The LIberty: student-produced news for the southwest inner city

CLiCNews: an outreach project website especially for children

Featured Publications & Research Outputs