MEDIA LITERACY INSTITUTE (MLI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 under Greek Legislation. Its aim is to promote and disseminate the concepts of Media and Information Literacy in Greece, Europe and internationally. Media and Information Literacy aims at the critical perception, use and creation of knowledge and information οn any traditional or modern communication medium, and requires the acquisition of cognitive, functional, technical and communication skills, as well as the capabilities of using modern means of communication. The mission of the Institute is to inform the Greek public about the conceptual, theoretical, regulatory and practical framework in which MIL concepts are developed. Its goal is to mobilize citizens and to provide them with opportunities to access the relevant information, skills, tools and means and to engage in appropriate activities to become media literate.
MLI supports the idea that democracy requires well-informed citizens and that Media and News Literacy are among the most important ways to combat bias and hate speech online, to promote the fundamental right of citizens to be self-aware when they interact with the media, to learn how to cross check resources, to develop skills of inquiry when investigating the resources, creators and purposes of any content, so that readers can distinguish reliable information from “fake news”, personal opinions, prejudices or propaganda.
MEDIA LITERACY INSTITUTE focuses on printed and online content such as social media, mass media, all kinds of public and frequently used communication platforms, as well as various online and offline sources. In this context, MLI emphasizes that modern active citizens of all ages need to develop the habits of curiosity, research and creative questioning along with suitable expression skills, to cultivate the necessary critical thinking in getting information from any source, and to acquire the knowledge on how to create and use multimedia messages.
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Director, co- founder
Sissy Alonistiotou studied Political Sciences at the Law School of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. After her graduation and until 1986 she attended courses in electronic journalism at the “Art et Archeologie” Department at Paris I University of Sorbonne. In 1987 she worked as journalist and translator for the New Ecology magazine, while at the same time she taught Labor Law at Police Schools as an hourly lecturer. Since 1988 she works exclusively as a journalist. Until 1992 she was permanent editor of TAHYDROMOS magazine at the Lambrakis Press Agency, while at the same time she worked as a freelancer with the ELLE magazine. Since 1992 she has worked for ELEFTHEROTYPIA and SUNDAY ELEFTHEROTYPIA newspapers, assuming positions of administrative and journalistic responsibility. She has established, created and directed TAXIDEVO travel magazine, E-Gourmet magazine and WE women’s magazine. As Editor-in-Chief of the ” SUNDAY ELEFTHEROTYPIA” newspaper she was chief content manager of the EPSILON magazine from the first day of its creation (1992) and later on she became Director of EPSILON. Since 2014 she writes in KATHIMERINI daily newspaper. She has been working with News & Media Literacy since 2012 and has established, created and directs the Journalists About Journalism Project on accessible at www.jaj.gr website.
e-mail: salonistiotou [@] gmail.com
Managing Partner, co- founder
Katerina Chrysanthopoulou is a cognitive scientist (MSc), writer and interpreter (www.planitas.gr) with university degrees in computer science and English language and basic diploma in psychotherapy. Here research work and interests include: understanding concepts in written and multimedia texts, learning from texts, media literacy, functional literacy, reading on electronic media, development of narrative and descriptive skills, creative reading methods, machine learning, learning systems, language computational applications. She has worked as a researcher with the Athens University of Economics and Business, the Institute for Language and Speech Processing and the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has designed and implemented educational programs for the Greek Biosynthesis Center, the Hellenic American College of Athens, the Ionian University, the General Secretariat for Vocational Training and the Stories Media Lab (https://www.facebook.com/StoriesMediaLab/). As a writer she has published novels and studies (http://www.biblionet.gr/main.asp?page=results&key=cattery+chrisanthopoulou) and coordinates writing workshops at the Athens College.
e-mail: katchr [@] gmail.com
Dr. Νίκος Σ. Παναγιώτου, Scientific Adviser
Nikos Panagiotou is Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Media of the Aristotle University. He has received scholarships from the UK Foreign Exchange and Commonwealth Office, Google, University Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), RCAP of APU University (Japan), Beijing Foreign Studies University and transnational scholarships. He has an important research portfolio, significant part being funded by Google (Digital News Initiative). He has scientific and organizational responsibility for the Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy, and reviewer for the journals: St. Antony’s International Review Oxford University, Multi-Disciplinary Scientific Journal of International Black Sea University, and Journal of Culture and Society. He has published articles in International and Greek journals and reviews as well as in collective volumes, and has participated in scientific conferences. He is a member of the War and Media Network (2010-today).
Maria Kozakou, Editor in chief
Maria Kozakou is a Journalist and New Media Expert. She studied Communication and Mass Media at the Panteion University of Athens, in the direction of Cultural Administration. At Krems Donau Universitat she earned –with distinction- her Master in Arts in Quality Journalism and New Technologies. Her diploma thesis titled “It’s not ERT, it’s Democracy stupid!” has been translated into three languages. Her first work experience was at Mega Channel, but it was very easy to be “captivated” by radio on a journey that began in 1997 on private radio stations and, since 2001, on ERT (Public Broadcaster). From the beginning of the “digital era” she has worked as editor and Editor in Chief on websites like ERT’s radio sites, as website content manager and now she consults companies in Social Media Strategy. She has worked in Communication Offices of big organisations. She was also the Editorial Director at eone.gr. At the same time, she writes in magazines, prints and newspapers, such as Isotimia, Inside, METRO, Office, Architecture, Theatis (cultural magazine), the political magazine KRAMA. She keeps track of developments in communication and journalism and participates in seminars in Greece and abroad on new media tools. She also has extensive experience in project management and in the relations of major Broadcasting Corporations. She writes about current communication phenomena. She has been teaching Radio and New Journalism Principles in Schools of Journalism for the past ten years. Maria loves the sea, gadgets and dogs. You can recognise her voice in commercials, trailers and narrations, as well as the Eurovision Song Contest commentating since 2006, for Radio and TV. She presents a daily morning radio show for the last 20 years.
Florents Tselai, Data scientist (https://tselai.com)
Data scientist and engineer who specializes in applying quantitative and machine learning methods to practical business problems. He has consulted many international companies in the areas of predictive analytics, market & investment analysis and general data strategy, in domains as varied as telecoms, retail, advertising, biotechnology and smart grids. Occasionally, he also teaches corporate courses and seminars on software engineering, data analysis and big data systems engineering. He is also the co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of Socital. Socital is an Athens and London-based startup that builds and offers data-driven marketing automation & personalized recommendations tools for e-businesses. Until today, Socital has raised more than $2M in funding from international investors and has a growing client-base in Europe and Asia.