The Asian Network of News & Information Educators, or ANNIE for short, is a renewed effort of the news literacy initiative that we launched in 2012 at HKU Journalism (the Journalism & Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong).
We began our international collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University in the United States to localize (we called it de-Americanize), modify and improve their curricula in Hong Kong first and later in other countries in Asia.
Our goal then was to develop pedagogical methods and teaching materials suitable for the political, cultural, and media landscapes in different countries. Adding the elements of digital news consumption and social media to traditional news education was another endeavor.
Since then, we have been organizing workshops and seminars to exchange ideas with like-minded educators, journalists, NGOs, and students in the region for the last eight years.
Thanks to the network’s collaborative efforts, our modularized curricula have been received well (but of course, we are always striving to add new ideas while improving existing materials).
One of our partners, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, for example, produced teachers’ guidebooks incorporating our materials.
In Myanmar, we have been working with Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) for many years.
The following video clips are all created by students who attended the workshop along with their teachers.
Hong Kong 2013
We have launched two Massive Open Online Courses to go beyond Asia as well, on edX and Coursera.
The Coursera course, Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens, is still running right now and open to anyone (though, to be honest, it needs a major update since we created the content back in 2016).
Cumulatively, the two on-demand online courses have attracted more than 30,000 learners from 148 countries.
In 2019, we worked with three regional partners in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, to produce video-based teaching materials along with lesson plans.
In Thailand, the Child and Youth Media Institute produced a six-episode drama series in which follows a student protagonist’s internship experience in the newsroom.
In the Philippines, the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) created a series of videos intended to be used in classrooms.
In 2020, an associate professor at HKU Journalism, Dr. Masato Kajimoto, who has been leading the news literacy initiative, founded ANNIE, a not-for-profit educational organization registered in Hong Kong, in order to consolidate and streamline the various projects and expand the network even further.