In Tulle (Corrèze), a day dedicated to media and information education

The E-Reporters competition brought together students from six Corrèze institutions at the Canopé 19 workshop site in Tulle yesterday. The action was organized in cooperation with the Center for Media and Information Education (CLEMI) as part of the 33rd Press and Media Week at school. By writing various articles and editing radio topics, the college students were able to better understand the structure of a reportage and the profession of journalism.

A group of 4th grade students put together a radio report.

In the digital age and fake news

“Students today are not looking for information, they come straight to you. And too much information kills information,” analyzes Carole Da Rocha, Corrèze Delegate for Media and Information Education. The purpose of this day, the theme of which was the values ​​​​of the republic, was also the enlightenment of reporter apprentices. Strengthening everyone’s critical judgment and discerning the true from the false, a task that is no longer taken for granted in the digital age.

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“To find out more, I look on social networks or television with my parents. Like Margaut, a fourth grade student at Albert Thomas College, Egletons, many of her classmates receive information the same way. “And if the title of the article interests me, I click on it. But how can you check the quality or even the truthfulness of information given the continuous flow of information? Cyril Mistrorigo, French teacher at the same institution, works throughout the school year to give his students answers.

In courses dedicated to the subject, he teaches middle school students how to dissect information and check whether it’s wrong or not.

“We are learning to recognize the reliability of images and pages. Many never go to the “Who are we?” section. Because the Gorafi is not exactly the same as the Figaro, for example,” the young professor plays to explain.

Cyril Mistrorigo (French teacher)

Leave room for opinions to better debate

From satire to information, the line is sometimes thin and it is easy for both a child and an adult to fall into the trap of false information. “But what’s important is having confidence in our method of cross-referencing information. »

This is also Cyril Mistrorigo’s method when he addresses these topics of “fake news” in the classroom. “I always let them fall for it and first ask them what this ‘fake news’ is doing to them. You have to let them express themselves so they can make mistakes later. And from there we start dissecting all the information together. Giving everyone space to express themselves so that they can then discuss better: this is the method being undertaken to clarify the relationship between young people and the media, sometimes overshadowed by the digital age and its constraints.

Media and information literacy is part of the curriculum at the university.

In addition, in an international context marked by the war in Ukraine, the Covid-19, the presidential elections and many other issues, all of which are being shared on social networks with a plethora of comments, media education finds all its meaning here. Given the complex and daily changing situation in Ukraine, Cyril Mistrorigo approaches the issue with tweezers. “I took the time to talk to them about the subject, but it’s important to take away everyone’s feelings so that we can shed light on them afterwards. Clarification. »

“I learned things about Ukraine that I didn’t see on TV,” acknowledges Margaut.

Vincent Faure

Photos: Agnes Gaudin

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