Interview: Katerina Chrysanthopoulou of Greece’s new Media Literacy Institute

Katerina Chryssanthopoulou speaking at [email protected]’s #MyStory event in Athens, May 2017

As part of EAVI’s series of interviews with our partners’ organisations, we interviewed Katerina Chrysanthopoulou, co-founder of the newly-established Media Literacy Institute in Greece.

  1. Please provide contact information of your organisation (contact person/headquarters etc).

Media Literacy Institute (MLI) is located in Athens. Our founding members are Sissy Alonistiotou and Katerina Chrysanthopoulou (me). Sissy is a political scientist and journalist, with long experience in managing weekly and monthly magazines. I am a cognitive scientist, writer and interpreter.

  1. Brief history of your organisation (how it started, what was the idea behind its creation?)

MLI was formally established in 2017 but has existed informally since 2014. It was formed from two initiatives: Journalists about Journalism (JAJ, 2014) and Stories Media Lab (SML, 2015).

JAJ is an online newsroom established in 2014 which promotes investigative journalism, targets cases of misinformation and propaganda, mobilises individuals to critically assess and evaluate domestic and international news both online and from printed material.

Stories Media Lab is a project that studies how audiences of different ages perceive and understand written texts in order to “retell stories already told”.  This way, we can study how people at various ages understand the content of written discourse, giving the participants the chance to create their own multimedia stories.

  1. What are the core values of your organisation? What are your priorities?

In Greece formal education in schools is heavily content-based. Young people have to deal with masses of information, but they do not really learn how to use this information, how to evaluate and work with it, or how to critically analyse and benefit from it. Skills like critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, deduction, abstracting, finding the suitable sources and, in general,