January Newsletter/Leadership Letter for Global MIL

ESL and Media Literacy.  While teaching English as a second language isn’t often a focus of discussions for media literacy, the number of ESL students alone should argue for more emphasis and visibility for this educational imperative. CML interviewed Raul Alberto Mora, Ph.D., who emphasizes language learning and critical media literacy in his work with university students and preservice teachers in Medellin, Colombia, as well as Camilo Andres Dominguez-Cruz, a native of Colombia, who now teaches ESL in a North Carolina primary school, Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education. Find it here.

Connections Newsletter Nov. 2017

New issue on Gender Representation in Media. The representation of gender in media has long been a subject of fascination as well as critical analysis and change management for those advancing and practicing media literacy. We highlight two organizations addressing these issues worldwide.  Read the November issue of Connectionhere

Just Published in Pediatrics

"Developing Digital and Media Literacies in Children and Adolescents," by Kristen Hawley Turner, Tessa Jolls, Michelle Schira Hagerman, William O'Byrne, Troy Hicks, Bobbie Eisenstock and Kristine E. Pytash, Pediatrics 2017.  Learning environments no longer depend on seat time in factory-like school settings. Learning happens anywhere, anytime, and productivity in the workplace depends on digital and media literacy. To create the human capital necessary for success and sustainability in a technology-driven world, we must invest in the literacy practices of our youth.  This article makes recommendations for research and policy priorities.

It's National Media Literacy Week!

Participate! Follow our Facebook page to test your skills throughout the week. We are joining with journalism students from CSUN to deconstruct media messages throughout the week of November 6 - 10, 2017.


For Immediate Release - Call for Funding Children and Screen Time


PEDIATRICS Journal Releases First-Ever Supplement Dedicated to Effects of Digital Media on Children 
Washington, DC: As the iPhone turns 10, screen time-and lots of it-has changed reality for today's kids, and even babies. Teens (ages 13-18) spend an average of 9 hours each day on entertainment media use, excluding time spent at school or for homework, and tweens (ages 8-12) spend just under 6 hours per day. Even a majority of toddlers spend more than an hour each day in front of a digital screen. Yet despite its omnipresence, digital media's effects on childhood development, including cognitive, psychological, social, behavioral and physical developmental impacts, remain largely unknown. Parents today navigate unchartered waters on issues from cyberbullying to internet addiction, while experts are only beginning to ask, let alone answer, questions about the unintended consequences of our daily digital diet. 
"Developing Digital and Media Literacies in Children and Teens: A Call for Research and Policy Actions is the paper that our group of experts contributed to this timely effort," said Tessa Jolls, President and CEO, Center for Media Literacy, Los Angeles. Read Press Release
An online copy of the report can be found here

Media Literacy Week FB Challenge - Participate!

CML, in collaboration with the Department of Journalism at California State University, Northridge invites students, educators, and media professionals to participate in a Media Literacy Facebook Challenge. Every day during National Media Literacy Week, CML will post a new image or video clip on Facebook to test your media literacy skills. Analyze the message and discuss its purpose, framing and meaning, how different people might interpret the message, and consider its authenticity and the tactics used to achieve its goal. After you post, talk about it on social media and use #MediaLitWk to spread media literacy.  CML will highlight diversity issues. Participate with us or create your own Facebook Challenge for your group.