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Stakeholders on importance of Global Media and Information Conference 2017

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Isabel Viera
Erika Walker, team coordinator, UNESCO communication and information
Abrahim Simmons
Jessica Lewis, coordinator of the Mona Information Literacy Unit at the University of the West Indies main library.
Dr Paulette Kerr
Clement Lambert
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Stakeholders on importance of Global Media and Information Conference 2017

Stakeholders in the upcoming Global Media and Information Conference 2017 were part of a Gleaner Editors' Forum on Thursday. They were asked to complete the following sentence: The media and literacy conference is important for Jamaica because:

Jessica Lewis, coordinator Mona Information Literacy Unit at University of the West Indies, (UWI) main library

"Because it is going to bring groups in Jamaica together to educate them in a way that they have not come together before."

Paulette Kerr, chief librarian, UWI Mona campus

"It is important because we need conversation about media and information literacy in this era of misinformation, untruths and fake news."

Clement Lambert, School of Education UWI

"Because we have to move from the notion that it is a them and us situation. It is a holistic thing where we are all involved. We make and consume media."

Isabel Viera, adviser, communication and information, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean

"Because it will raise awareness about what media and information literacy is and how it can help people cope with day to day life."

Erika Walker, team coordinator, UNESCO communication and information

"Just from a tourism point of view, people from all over the world will be coming here to see what Jamaica can offer to them, in the realm of information literacy."

Abrahim Simmons, co-founder, Jayecan

"Young people will know how to determine credible sources of information and use media and information to tackle issues affecting them."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com