CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF THE EMC

The Education Media Centre is five years old this month.

We’re a charity run by journalists, and our mission is to make sure good evidence about what works in education gets to those who can use it.

We plan to celebrate our achievements so far – and look to the future – with an event at the House of Lords, which will be hosted by our Founding Patron, Baroness Estelle Morris.

Since our launch in 2013 we have had:

  • Around 1,000 media hits on our output
  • 111,000 page views and 55,000 users on our website.
  • Almost half a million Twitter page impressions

We’re proud of our record but we want to do much more. When we launched five years ago, ‘media’ meant journalists in the mainstream national, regional and international press. Now it means much more than that – and in today’s fast-paced digital world it’s more vital than ever that the best evidence is available to those who need it.

We aim to become more central to debates about learning on social media and the wider web.

EMC is already a trusted source to specialist education journalists, and it’s developed good relationships with a range of academics – but now it needs to share its experience and knowledge with a wider audience. Browsing the internet and social media can be a confusing and often misleading experience for those in pursuit of solid facts: How to distinguish real evidence from ‘fake news’?

If resources allow we plan to set up a ‘reality-check’ service on breaking news stories and social media conversations. We want to have experts and journalists on hand to dig out the facts behind the news and to ensure that those who consume news – whether via Facebook, Twitter or more traditional sources – can more easily use our output as a marker of quality.

If you’d like to become more involved in our project or feel you may be able to help, please get in touch.

Education Media Centre is a registered charity No. 1153567

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