Mobilizing for Media Literacy

Throughout history, activists and innovators have stepped up to lead the charge towards justice during times of change. In this issue, we introduce you to some pioneers who are leveraging media literacy to build a wiser and more informed population in the digital age.

Media Literacy Week 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.

Media Literacy in Policy: An Expanding Arena

Today, media literacy has been identified as a strategic defense priority in Europe, and the U.S. has also recognized media literacy as a strategic defense priority in its foreign affairs. This is a significant and far-reaching development, because at last, media literacy is seen as both important and as urgent, and significant resources are being deployed to address media literacy and how to expand capacity and outreach for it...

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Analyzing News Worksheet

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:  a handy way to provide the foundational skills of media literacy while addressing news.  

New Infographic on Key Questions for Media Literacy

This new CML Infographic features CML’s Five Key Questions for Deconstruction – each associated with a Core Concept – to ask when deconstructing media messages, regardless of whether those messages are disseminated on social media, video, billboards or logos. These questions are just a starting point for exploration – but they are a reliable starting point that provide a handy way to collaborate with others and zero in on key concerns for making meaning and understanding. 

New Book and Article Explores Censorship and Appropriateness

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.

Media Literacy Pillars: Deconstruction, Construction and Participation

This new CML Infographic shows the three pillars that media literacy rest upon: Deconstruction, Construction and Participation. With new media, participation is a constant, where reading, writing and sharing and contributing and yes - participating - are all part of the equation, whether through visual, aural, digital or print media.