Monthly Update | August 2019
October 21-25, 2019

Media Literacy Week got a facelift! This year is the 5th Annual U.S. Media Literacy Week and we have released a brand new website to celebrate! The 2019 toolkit is now available along with MLW logos, memes, and social media graphics for download ! We'll be adding more resources to help you plan amazing MLW events, so check back often for updates! Questions? Email us at .
Media Literacy in the News
Wired : Food Pyramid for Kids’ Media Consumption
In this article, Wired introduces children’s media consumption guidelines organized into a food pyramid-like structure which classifies different types of media use into categories including "Use Sparingly," "Use Occasionally," "Use Moderately," and "Use Freely."   [ read more ]
US News and World Report : A Sneaky Way Social Media Is Warping Body Image
This article from US News and World Report outlines the negative ways social media and virtual “influencers” can create unhealthy, negative perceptions about body image. The author argues that, “Media literacy has been shown to protect women from the negative effects of viewing ideal images on social media.” [ read more ]
Legislative News
Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) Introduces Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Act
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Act, which would create a grant program at the Department of Education to help develop state-wide media literacy education guidelines, incorporate media literacy into curriculums, hire educators experienced with media literacy, and promote educator professional development in media literacy across grades K-12 . [ read more ]
EDC Expert Testifies on Urgent Need for Media Literacy
On July 9, EDC Senior Research Associate Wendy Rivenburgh testified before the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Joint Education Committee on why it is vital to integrate media literacy skills into K–12 education. Two bills related to strengthening media literacy education in Massachusetts public schools, H.561 and S.259 , were referred to the Committee for consideration in January 2019. [ read more ]
M-Passioned: Meet Our Members
Jimmeka Anderson
Founder and Executive Director,
" Recently, I developed a program for my nonprofit in partnership with The North Carolina Humanities Council, titled the “Cyber Citizen Series” which received the  2019 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities   from The North Carolina Humanities Council’s Board of Trustees. The Cyber Series program provided three of Charlotte’s most economically disadvantaged high schools, West Charlotte High School, Vance High School and West Mecklenburg High School, each with six educational critical media literacy workshops that focused on social media usage and engagement. Participating teens learned about the media’s influence on mental health, social media safety, cyber-bullying and fake news. The series concluded with an exhibit of photo advocacy campaigns designed by workshop participants to help spread awareness to other teens. " [ read more ]
California Announces New Media Literacy Resource Library
The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced the California Department of Education (CDE) has created a comprehensive online media literacy resource page for educators. The page provides access to free K–12 resources, instructional materials, lesson plans, and curriculum curated by a variety of recognized experts in the area of media literacy.
The News Provenance Project
The New York Times Research & Development team is launching The News Provenance Project to experiment with product design and user-facing tools to try to make the origins of journalistic content clearer to audiences. The first part of the project involves exploring a blockchain-based system for recording and sharing metadata about media, images and videos in particular, published by news organizations and conducting user experience research to identify the types of signals that can aid users in recognizing authentic media.
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The Privacy Project
In response to companies and governments pushing the boundaries of privacy with evolving technology, the New York Times has launched The Privacy Project, a months long project to explore technology and where it’s taking us, and to convene debate about how it can best help realize human potential. The project curates articles about the basics of privacy and technology, think pieces about why privacy matters, debates about solutions, and calls to action. [ learn more ]
About Us
Executive Director
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Associate Director
Donnell Probst

Executive Board
Tony Streit, President 
David Kleeman, Vice President
Joanne Parsont, Secretary
Gonca Latif-Schmitt, Treasurer
Erin Reilly, Past President

Job Opportunities
Education Content Specialist
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
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Research in Media Literacy
Media Education Lab
Wuerzburg, Germany
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Intern, Global Media and Information Literacy Initiatives
Washington, D.C.
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