About

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.

OUR NEWSROOM: www.jaj.gr (Journalists About Journalism)

We are professional journalists and researchers in the field of Communication. Our aim is to participate in the political, social and cultural advance of our country, utilizing our tools, within the context of our profession. We consider that information, communication in general and mass media especially are critical drivers to support the basic principles of democratic procedures and we advocate the right of universal access to reliable information. More about our national and international partners you can read here.

Statement

We recognize communication professionals and especially journalists as carriers and moderators of information and the citizens as equal partners in the vindication of reliable information. We consider that all play critical and equally important role for the country’s prosperity and sound operation, for justice, mutual trust and, ultimately, for people’s progress.

We believe that Media Literacy is a tool for modern societies to grow, by empowering citizens to assess the function, content, value and tools of the media and of any “information source” that influences individual and collective decisions. We support media literate citizens to be vigilant of stereotypical narratives that frame their understanding of reality through bias and prejudice, paving the way for meaningful and critical evaluation of information and thus allowing for control of reliability, quality, intention and purpose of information.

We are convinced that the ever-evolving media landscape worldwide shapes new meanings of the substance of communication in the 21st century. We participate both as professionals and as active, efficient and creative members of the global community in the exploration, pursuit, re-definition of old and identification of new IC values, data and tools.

Objective

  1. Participating in the development of investigative journalism in Greece through the promotion of important and/or award-winning research, providing relevant information, resources and means. We believe that this will inspire young journalists and will guide users to become more demanding in seeking information.
  2. Mobilizing readers to develop their skills to assess the news on domestic and international media in order to learn to investigate sources, arguments and intentions of the content they read in print and online information tools and to identify cases of potential fake news.
  3. Investigating cases of disinformation, targeted content and propaganda and providing guidelines to readers to identify indications of related content in the media.
  4. Promoting media literacy, as the capability and skills of people to access, understand, analyze, evaluate and create on multiple and multimodal information and communication media.
  5. Advocating news literacy, by contributing to a framework of civil practice in assessing the role and function of modern mass media, as well as the methods to perceive, understand, evaluate, critically use and create messages.
  6. Participating and promoting code and ethical issues arising in the exercise of journalism and communication professions in general.
  7. Promoting the views of Greek and foreign journalists and researchers on any aspects related to both journalism and information and communication in general.
  8. Updating on the practice of journalism in Universities, international forums, journalistic organizations and conferences.

email: mli@mli.org.gr &  jaj@jaj.gr  

More about national and international partners you can read here.

 

ON MLI BOARD

 

Sissy Alonistiotou
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

 

Katerina Chrysanthopoulou
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).

E-mail: npanagiotou@jour.auth.gr, nikospanagiotou@gmail.com

 

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.


Angelos Athanasopoulos, Senior Advisor – Foreign Affairs Editor

Angelos Athanasopoulos, born in 1975 in Athens, studied Communication, Journalism, Media Science and International Relations. He has been writing for the weekly newspaper “To Vima” since 1997. He has also been a regular commentator and columnist in various greek and foreign media outlets. In 2011, he was awarded with the “Eleni Vlachou” journalistic prize, given every two years for outstanding performance in the fields of news coverage and commentary on European and international issues for Greek media. In 2008 he has been a Marshall Memorial Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

 


Vassilis Nedos,  responsible for International Programs for Media Literacy Institute & jaj

He was born in Athens in 1977. Historian, European History specialist he studied at EKPA & OU in Athens (BA, Mphil). He worked as a journalist in the newspaper TO VIMA (2000-2008) and since 2008 in the newspaper KATHIMERINI. He is the Diplomatic and Defense correspondent, author and curator of “Security Bulletin” blog of kathimerini.gr. He was a commentator on the tv station Action24 and has been commenting on and presenting issues of his specialties to the SKAI TV station. He writes in the Estonian newspaper Post Imees. He is a regular member of ESIEA.

         


             Dimitris Triantafyllidis, Senior editor – Russia expert

Dimitris V. Triantafyllidis was born in Thessaloniki. He studied Philosophy at the then State University of Kiev (Ukraine) in USSR, where he presented his Master of Arts thesis. He then studied Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He worked for several years in Private Technical Education and Vocational Training Schools. He then turned to Journalism and worked as staff for major newspapers and television stations. During the last 12 years he has been working at the “Athens 984 FM” radio station, where he started as head of broadcasts for the immigrant communities and then in the International News and Foreign Language Programs section. He has translated from Russian more than 70 books of literature, poetry, politics, philosophy and theology. In 2013 he founded s@mizdat editions, specializing in Russian literature, and in 2014 “Stepa” magazine, a quarterly review of Russian culture. His journalistic and scientific interests range from literature and poetry, philosophy and theology to Geopolitics, with emphasis on Russia. His latest book is titled “Letters from Russia” and is a particular journey to the Russian cities and mainlands, revealing the traditions and historical archetypes of society, and recording meetings with prominent contemporary personalities. He is currently working on a book titled “Modern Russian Democracy: pro et contra”, as well as a volume with interviews with Russian dissidents and thinkers about the state of today’s Russia. He is a regular member of ESIEA.

 


Alexandra Voudouri, journalist, Balcans expert

Alexandra Voudouri is a journalist, born in Athens. She has studied at the National University of Athens (BA) and at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies- University of Cardiff, UK (MA).She is covering diplomatic and European affairs issues for Greek media (printed and online) while focusing on developments in South Eastern Europe and mainly, in the Balkans. She is currently a foreign and political affairs analyst for Macropolis.gr(www.macropolis.gr). She is presenting the international press daily at Athina 9,84fm. She has covered foreign affairs for the Athens International Radio (2005-2011) and the municipal radio station Athina 984 FM since 2011.She has reported on numerous European Councils, UN general assemblies and covered numerous visits of foreign ministers to Greece. Alexandra has also worked with other Greek and international media as well as carrying out interviews with European officials and foreign ambassadors, in Greece. She speaks English, Italian and Spanish fluently and holds a basic knowledge of French and Turkish.


         Maria Katsounaki, special adviser 

She was born in Athens. She studied Public Law and Political Sciences at the Law School of the University of Athens. She has been working as journalist since 1984, at the beginning with “Ethnos” newspaper and since 1987 with “Kathimerini” newspaper. She has specialized in culture reporting, holding the post of editor-in-chief and head of the “daily culture” division from 1992 to 2007. For ten years she has worked as columnist at “Kathimerini”, while continuing her work on cultural issues. From 2000 until the beginning of 2012, she presented a show about Greek Cinema on ET1 National Television In 2007 she was awarded a prize by the Botsis Foundation for promoting culture in the media. She is a regular member of ESIEA.


   Elias Maglinis, senior editor

Elias Maglinis was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970. He obtained his BA in English and Politics from the University of Sunderland and his MLitt and Media and Culture from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He worked as an assistant editor and a stuff writer in the book review “Diavazo” (1996-2003). Since 2003 he has been working as a stuff writer in the newspaper “Kathimerini”. During 2012-13 he served as the Opinion Editor of “Kathimerini” and since 2013 he holds the position of Arts and Letters Editor for the Sunday edition of “Kathimerini”.  He has published three books of fiction. The short novel “The Interrogation” (2008) has been translated into English and Serbian. His latest novel, “Morning Calm” was awarded with the Best Novel Prize from the Petros Haris Institute of the Academy of Athens. It was also awarded the Prize for Best Novel from the digital book review “O Anagnostis” and from the literary review “Klepsydra”. He is a regular member of ESIEA.


      Nikos Kyriakidis, Reporter – Researcher

He studied journalism at the “Laboratory of Professional Journalism” with his professors Rosakis, Papayannakis, Zouraris, Filia, Andrianopoulos, Lendakis and others. He began working as an apprentice in the Athenian daily press in 1983 as police and general reporter. Since then he has worked and collaborated with various newspapers (“Avgi”, “Eleftherotypia”, “Kathimerini”), special press magazines and private radio stations. He is a regular member of ESIEA.


    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.