NATO-CML Webinar Series: Media Literacy as Strategic Defense

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NATO and CML are providing a  high-level, six-partwebinar series -- Media Literacy as Strategic Defense --  to encourage dialogue between NATO policy makers and the media literacy community.  The series will be held at 10 AM EST/4 PM Brussels each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two weeks as follows:

28 Nov    Propaganda: Media literacy’s role in resilience (See Flyer description with outstanding speakers below)

30 Nov    News Literacy: Empowering global citizens in a new information era

2 Dec    Mental Health and Social Media: Wellness strategies from the schoolroom to the armed forces

05 Dec    Pandemics: Health, hope and hoaxes

07 Dec    Education Systems and Media Literacy: Building foundational skills for democracies today and in the future

09 Dec    NATO Delegations and Media Literacy in Governments: Leading the way for more resilient global citizens

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Launched for Global MIL/National Media Literacy Week... Video Highlights of Fulbright-NATO Report: Building Resiliency

A short video, highlighting important take-aways from Tessa Jolls' Fulbright-NATO Report called "Building Resiliency: Media Literacy as a Strategic Defense Strategy for the Transatlantic,"  is now available on CML's YouTube Channel, MediaLit Kit.  The video features a conversation between Michael Danielson, chair of the State of Washington's  Action for Media Education (AME) advocacy group and a high school teacher at Seattle Preparatory School, and Tessa Jolls, CML's President and report author.  

The video addresses Jolls findings on the state of the field, and the current need for scaling and institutionalizing media literacy, so that it becomes part of the cultural fabric of democratic societies.  

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Building Resiliency: Media Literacy as a Strategic Defense Strategy for the Transatlantic

Sept. 2022:  The results of a new Fulbright-NATO Security Studies Award are now available through a just-released report, “Building Resiliency: Media Literacy as a Strategic Defense Strategy for the Transatlantic,” by the Center for Media Literacy’s President, Tessa Jolls.  This ground-breaking report highlights aspects of the current information ecosystem and the state of media literacy in NATO countries.  

A news release and a copy of the report are available now -- see attachments

New! Online Facilitated Media Literacy Institute in August 2022

The Center for Media Literacy is delighted to announce that we will conduct a four-day online, facilitated Media Literacy Institute Aug. 1-4, in collaboration with the University of Washington ConnectED and the Center for Excellence in Media Literacy.  Teachers/librarians will receive direct feedback and coaching in learning to connect media literacy to their own activities and curriculum. Only 30 spaces available.  Find out more here!




UNESCO MIL Alliance: International Steering Committee

UNESCO's  MIL Alliance (formerly GAPMIL) formed an International Steering Committee (ISC), headed by Jesus Lau and Alexandre Le Voci Sayad.  The ISC has worked to provide structure to the new organizaiton, and adopted a Strategic Operating Plan to help inform the volunteer work that the ISC undertakes.  An election is upcoming for new ISC members who will take over at the end of 2022.  The attached booklet was designed by Irene Andriopoulou, Secretary General of the ISC, to help provide information on the members of the ISC and their functions.  Please check it out!

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 for more information

Global On-ramp to Media Literacy

The Center for Media Literacy launches free online media literacy training

90-minute course makes evidence-based media literacy education available to everyone, everywhere in the world

The Center for Media Literacy (CML), a leader in media literacy research, program design and evidence-based frameworks since 1989, has launched Global On-ramp to Media Literacy, a 90-minute, self-guided course that can introduce the concepts of media literacy education to everyone, everywhere in the world. The interactive course used texts, videos, quizzes and infographics to cover topics that range from CML’s long-proven Five Key Questions and Core Concepts and Empowerment Spiral, to information about CML’s MediaLit Kit – a collection of core ideas and tools that are fundamental to media literacy’s inquiry-based pedagogy. The course was developed by Linda M. Wiley, an experienced instructional designer, along with CML President Tessa Jolls and Monika Hanley, a CML associate, to guide users through the articulation of media literacy theory, practice and implementation.

“Now is the time for media literacy to take a more prominent seat at the education table, as well as around family dinner tables,” said Jolls. “Media literacy educators and practitioners have long known that there are countless applications of media literacy, but the current epidemic of harmful disinformation has shone a spotlight on what makes CML's work more important now than ever before. We are proud to offer Global On-ramp to Media Literacy as a public service to anyone around the globe who is interested in learning more about becoming a wiser and more informed media consumer and producer. Our nation's security, our local communities, our families and our health depend upon it.”

The initial launch of Global On-ramp to Media Literacy takes place now through February 28, 2022 with support from the US State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund (CDAF). The CDAF grant, which is provided to alumni of the Fulbright Scholars Program, enables CML to make global citizens and educators aware of the course in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. CML's affiliates in Singapore (Focus on the Family), Lima Peru (Medios Claros) Los Angeles, California (Ignite Global Good, LLC) and Kaunas, Lithuania (Vytautus Magnus University) will undertake communications campaigns through social media, email, media relations and other outreach activities. The course is available now in English. Versions in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Russian and Chinese will launch soon.

Like a map for a journey, the Center for Media Literacy provides a vision and a guide for navigating today’s complex, global media culture. For more information about CML’s Global On-ramp to Media Literacyplease visit, or follow CML on Facebook.

Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture

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.

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COVID 19: Shaking up Education and Family Life

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. 

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NATO Public Diplomacy Partners with Fulbright Commission to launch new Fellowship Program in Cultural Diplomacy; CML's Tessa Jolls one of First Two Laureates

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.


Date of Event: 
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 13:00