CML is pleased and proud to present this Special Report, Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture (Fifteen Plus Years Later), with Henry Jenkins as Editor. Henry is the Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California – but we know him best as a strong and faithful champion for media literacy world-wide.
No one knows how education in the United States – and elsewhere – will change as a result of COVID 19, but change is certain as parents, through dire necessity, have learned that the present education model isn’t the only one available to them, and that the present model may not be best for their children. Yes, the pandemic has been a tragedy for many families and for the nation – and the accompanying infodemic has been just as destructive. People realize more than ever that media have bias and that they cannot automatically trust the powerful images, words and sounds that comprise the media. Fortunately or unfortunately, this is a real “moment” for propelling media literacy to the forefront as a much-needed part of the social fabric, especially in regards to education, to public health and to media itself.
27 March 2020 Tessa Jolls, CML's President and CEO, and Andrew Wolff, Resident Director of the European Studies Program at Dickinson College in Bologna, Italy, were selected through a merit-based competition as the first two laureates for the NATO Security Studies Award, now part of the Fulbright-NATO Fellowship Programme in the field of cultural diplomacy. Tessa Jolls is scheduled to serve her term in Brussels in 2021, while also serving as Visiting Scholar at UC Louvain and American University, Brussels. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_174539.htm
Today, marketers know intimate details about consumers. If marketing companies are using heuristics – or patterns of behavior – to sell products and services, we need to provide everyone with heuristics, or habits of mind, to filter the media messages and be better equipped to decide for ourselves.
Media literacy education is gaining recognition around the world, and international partnerships and cooperation stand to benefit the field globally. From Latin America to Azerbaijan, educators recognize that media literacy is essential for life in a global, media-driven culture. See Connections/November 2019.
Celebrate Media Literacy Week! Join UNESCO's Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) and the National Association for Media Literacy Association in this recognition for the advancement of media literacy globally.
Censorship and Appropriateness: A Negotiation Calling for Media Literacy
A new article by CML's Tessa Jolls examines how new community norms, driven through social media, call for new ways of looking at how student expression should be encouraged and guided on school campuses. This article was published in: Marketing, Communication, Technology and Innovation in MIL Cities, edited by Drs. Mitsuru Yanaze and Felipe Chibas Ortiz (University of Sao Paulo Press, 2019). ISBN 9 7885572 052290 This book addresses life in MIL Cities, which are smart cities that integrate social responsibilities and goals of human development with new technologies such as blockchain and AI. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr. Bobbie Eisenstock, Journalism Faculty from California State University Northridge and winner of the 2019 Elizabeth Thoman Service Award given by NAMLE, designed this Worksheet for her news literacy journalism class and tested it with her students. The Worksheet utilizes CML’s Core Concepts/Key Questions for Deconstruction and provides Guiding Questions related to news and disinformation/misinformation:
CML interviews Ben Hunt from the Epsilon Theory and Jussi Okkonen from Tampere University on their work related to Artificial Intelligence from an investment and education perspective.