LJMU Head of Journalism joins UK Government’s Media Literacy Taskforce

Fran Yeoman in the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies has been appointed to the new Steering Board

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Fran Yeoman, Head of Journalism in the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, has been appointed to the UK Government’s Media Literacy Taskforce Steering Board.

The Board has been established to take a coordinated approach to tackling challenges in the media literacy sector, extending the reach of media literacy education to citizens who are currently disengaged or do not have access to support.

Fran joins government-appointed experts from across academia, civil society, tech companies, regulators, and media organisations on the Board.

Her research looks at questions relating to the role of journalism in a digital democracy and how citizens can be equipped to deal with the information challenges presented by the digital age.

She has spoken at the World Journalism Education Congress and Cardiff Future of Journalism Conference on related subjects and has a number of articles and chapters published or pending.

Of her appointment Fran said: “I am excited to be joining such an expert group and look forward to applying my research to the real-world challenges of improving media literacy across the UK.”

More about the membership of the Board can be found on the government website.


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