Voices of Media Literacy: International Pioneers Speak : Marieli Rowe Interview Transcript
INTERVIEWERS: DEE MORGENTHALER AND TESSA JOLLS
DATE OF FINAL INTERVIEW: THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
I have an ultimate goal to take away the word media because reading and writing have always been a goal of all education - becoming literate. And what we are using today is just a new pen and a new book… It seems to me that if we could get to the point where the word “literacy” means all of the media, and it pervades our education, and a goal for a healthy society is to be literate and that includes all of the media -- then I think we won’t need organizations, non-profits, volunteer organizations anymore - it will be part of the infrastructure and the system. That is the ultimate goal - to be obsolete.
BIOGRAPHY OF MARIELI ROWE
Marieli Rowe has been the executive director of the National Telemedia Council since 1978 and has turned a four-page newsletter into one of today’s major print journals in media education: The Journal of Media Literacy. Additionally, Marieli has been involved in numerous projects such as developing Children’s Film Festivals in the early 1960s as well as being a part of Governor Lee Dreyfus’ early 1970s Cable Regulation Committee. From her involvement with this committee she was inspired to help develop the Sun Prairie’s Children’s Channel in the late 70s, which was dedicated to children’s programming. As evidenced by her contributions to the world of media literacy over the past several decades, Marieli Rowe is devoted to educating children and parents to create a healthy society in the midst of the media.
How did you become involved in media education?
What were your goals in terms of media literacy?
What has surprised you about this journey?
Were there specific people that have inspired your work?
What did you see as some important milestones?
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