You're Invited! Global MIL effort

Please join us in Chicago for the North American GAPMIL Sub-Chapter Meeting. The North-American Sub-Chapter is a joint effort between Canada and the U.S.  (a project of UNESCO).  We will form Working Groups and a Steering Committee at this meeting.

OPEN to all and FREE. Get involved with this global MIL effort.  

When: Monday, June 26th 1-5pm
Where: Roosevelt University, 430 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (during pre-conference day of NAMLE)

RSVP: or contact Tessa Jolls at CML.


NAMLE Announces Elizabeth Thoman Service Award

In 2003, NAMLE (then AMLA) Board created the Meritorious Service Award "to be given to individuals or projects that have significantly contributed to the growth and quality of the field of media literacy."  This award is intended to honor those who have given many years of service to the media literacy community; helping to build infrastructure, remaining mostly behind-the-scenes and often unacknowledged.  This year, NAMLE is changing the name of the award in honor of Elizabeth Thoman, founding board member of NAMLE. Liz also founded the Center for Media Literacy and was a leading voice in the American media literacy movement during her life. Liz passed away in December 2016. Read more about Liz's legacy here.


New Page Honoring Elizabeth Thoman

Elizabeth “Liz” Thoman, CHM, founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989.  Her inspiration and vision continue to influence the Center’s work – and the work of media literacy advocates everywhere -- each and every day.  A new web page is dedicated to honoring Liz and her contributions to media literacy education, featuring her writings, videos of her and recognizing her, and a host of materials generated in her memory, at the time of her death in December, 2016.  We are forever grateful to Liz.  Visit the page. 

2016 MILID Yearbook - Media Literacy & Countering Radicalization

"Radicalization in Cyberspace: Enlisting Media and Information Literacy in the Battle for Hearts and Minds," by Tessa Jolls and Carolyn Wilson, is an article just published on p. 167 in the MILID Yearbook, a collaboration between UNESCO, UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue, UNAOC and GAPMIL. The 2016 theme of the Yearbook, edited by Jagtar Singh, Paulette Kerr and Esther Hamburger, is "Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism."  


New Video - What is Media Literacy?

Dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Thoman, media literacy pioneer and CML founder. Media Literacy Now (MLN) and the Center for Media Literacy (CML) present “What is Media Literacy?,” a collaborative project produced with creative input from Transformative Culture Project that simplifies the task of explaining media literacy to policymakers and others who have the power to transform the education system. This video promotes media literacy and digital citizenship as a solution for educators in a social media wilderness buffeted by fake news. 

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MediaLit Moments Addressing Fake News

Stories about so-called “fake news” abound, and while the term is bandied about, it is little understood yet widely discussed.  Is “fake news” about bias?  About disagreements on fundamental principles or arguments?  About verifiable falsehoods or perceptions about truths?  About generating revenues through attention-seeking headlines and fabricated story lines?  As we often say in media literacy, we have questions about the answers.  But we can say with confidence that no one should “outsource” their brain for others to decide, nor do we wish to invite censorship or filtering.  As power flows to individuals through social media, the traditional notions of journalism are upended and we are now all citizen journalists, with the collective and individual responsibility to be thoughtful and critical before circulating or consuming opinions or gossip or so-called “fact.”  Whom do we trust, about what, and why? Who decides? Who checks the checkers?  Yes, we need media literacy!

To get started with your students, go to MediaLit Moments for classroom activities related to addressing fake news.  MediaLit Moments are short activities using the Key Questions and Core Concepts to teach critical thinking skills in K-12 classrooms.  And check back often, we regularly add new activities.