Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Salzburg Academy?

The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change is a three-week summer program that gathers over 70 university-level students, 15 faculty, and visiting practitioners from five continents to critique and create media’s role in identifying, framing and solving local and global problems.

How can I become part of the Salzburg Academy?

For individuals looking to attend the Salzburg Academy, please visit the APPLY page on this site for more information on the Academy, and details about how to get an application.

For institutions looking to partner with the Salzburg Academy, please contact Dr. Paul Mihailidis at  

What is Global Media Literacy?

Global Media Literacy (GML) is an educational concept aimed at engaging individuals with the role of information in shaping global society and global citizenship. GML connects critical analysis and critical thought with freedom of expression to elicit a heightened understanding of global media’s role in ensuring civil society.  

What is a Global Media Literacy Lesson Plan?

A lesson plan is a document that can be used to teach about media’s role in the world today. The lesson plans here, called Global Media Literacy (GML) lesson plans, are created by students, for students. They are products of a summer academy in which students from all over the world meet and find ways to help students all over the world ask the same questions they ask in Salzburg. They are meant to be used in the classroom, and are accessible across education levels and global societies.  

What is the rationale behind the Academy's lesson plans?

We are providing a new way to think about global media and global citizenship. Our lesson plans offer ways to engage with media through stories that students from all over the world have told. The lesson plans have a path to engagement. They start with a story, then move to an exploration, some analysis criteria, and final resources for further inquiry. Each lesson plan aims to offer new ways to think about global media influence and the role of information in communities and countries worldwide.  

How do I use a Lesson Plan?

You can construct an entire course around topics and issues the Lesson Plans deal with, or simply use them whenever you want to engage with a certain topic. The lesson plans can be used online, can be downloaded as PDF documents, or printed right off the web page. They all start with a story, which deals with some media event from around the world. They then offer an exercise for students, followed by a series of analytical questions, and then some resources for further exploration. The lesson plans can be used for a short course session or over a period of course. They are flexible and adaptable to all types of educational settings.  

Who are the Lesson Plans for?      

The lesson plans can be used at all levels of education, and in non-educational settings. They are designed to be flexible and engaged with on different educational levels. Middle and high school students can use them to talk about some basic media concepts, while university level graduate students can explore some of the topics in complex ways. The lesson plans can be adapted as best the educator sees fit. Take a look and see what we mean.  

How can I access the Lesson Plans?

Just visit our site. It costs nothing, and teachers and students from across the world have unlimited access to all the lesson plans. Our work is in use in over 100 countries around the world.  

What are the 5 A’s of Media Literacy?      

The Global Media Literacy lesson plans are founded on the 5 A’s of media literacy: access, awareness, assessment, appreciation, & action. This framework was a created as a way to discuss media from all over the world under one representative framework. We believe these topics can be discussed in the context of any media in any part of the world. Here are what the 5 A’s mean to us:

  1. Access to media,
  2. Awareness of media’s power,
  3. Assessment of how media cover international events and issues,
  4. Appreciation for media’s role in creating civil societies, and
  5. Action to encourage better communication across cultural, social, and political divides. 

What if I want to do research with the Salzburg Academy?

For all inquiries into conducting research with the Academy, please write to  

Who can I contact with any additional questions I have?

For all questions, please write to Dr. Paul Mihailidis, Director and Faculty Chair, the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, at, or call 617-824-3406 in the United States.