As a precursor to Workshop 3 of The Civics and Media Project on tomorrow, we have prepared Hannah Bartlett’s presentation from Workshop 2 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 at the University of Auckland.

Hannah’s presentation was during the Media Panel session responding to the question ‘What will a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand look like in 2030?’

Hannah discusses the need for greater media literacy education in schools, and highlights the power of media to engage youth as participants in civic processes. She uses the diet as an analogy for media health in 2030. The media we feed 5-year-old’s today, will shape them as 20-year-old citizens in 2030.

Hannah’s presentation is now available on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel.

The Civics and Media Project is continuing to develop the diet analogy into an illustration in Workshop 3 and the final booklet. Workshop 3 will be held at the Royal Society tomorrow. It will involve collecting ideas in the morning from a diverse range of speakers and then working in self-selected groups in the afternoon to develop a workshop booklet that proposes a way forward. If you are interested in attending workshop 3, email us at

The purpose of the Civics and Media Project is to inform and encourage public discourse and engagement regarding civics and media, with the ultimate aim of informing decisions by individuals, industry and institutions across society. Six agencies have joined together to examine whether citizens and communities have the news and information they need and want in a digital age and determine what a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand will look like in 2030.