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Monthly Update
March 2018

Meet the Team

Monthly Update

Donnell Probst

Executive Director

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Board of Directors

Erin Reilly
Sherri Hope Culver
Past President

David Kleeman
Vice President
Joanne Parsont

Tony Streit

Kristi Avram

Steve Hargadon

Tori Horton

Gonca Latif-Schmitt
Cynthia Lieberman

Lynette Owens

Daniel Rhone
Nicole Starr

DC Vito

Kelly Whitney

Leadership Council

Rachel Arteaga

Caitlin Barry

Natasha Casey

Belinha S. De Abreu

David Cooper Moore

Elizaveta Friesem

Yonty Friesem

Kelsey Greene

Jaclyn Kahn Siegel

Emily Keating

David Magolis

Dee Morgenthaler

Tina Peterson

Theresa Redmond

Rebecca Reynolds

Laurie Chin Sayres

Evelien  Schilder

Julie Smith

Benjamin Thevenin

Jiwon Yoon

Student Leadership Council

Emily Bailin

Catherine Burgess

Nneka Gigi

Jasmin Goodman

Donnell Probst

Alexis Romero

Zoey Wang

core principles

The purpose of  media literacy education is to develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression needed by critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today's world.



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NBC: Hope & Fury: 
MLK, the Movement  and the Media
NBC News announced the world premiere of Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media, a new documentary film that examines how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and leaders of the civil rights movement used the power of print and visual media, especially television, to awaken America to the injustice of racial inequality. The two-hour network event will premiere on NBC on March 24th at 8:00 pm ET and on MSNBC on March 25th at 9:00 pm ET.   [ read more ]

RI Newspaper Features Children's Media Literacy Book Series 
Rhode Island's Narragansett Times featured a four book children's series called "All About Media" by local educator, Brien Jennings. Jennings, a school library media specialist, wrote the series to include topics such as sources, online safety, and the differences between media types.  [ read more ]

CalendarMark Your Calendar

Transmedia Literacy International Conference
Barcelona, Spain
Mar 22-24 [learn more]

International Media Literacy Research Symposium
Lisbon, Portugal
Apr 19-20 [learn more]

DIGITAL engAGEment Conference 2018
Brooklyn College
New York, NY
May 18 [ learn more]

Media & Information Literacy Summit
Sacramento, CA
May 23 [learn more]

68th Annual International Communication Association Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
May 24-28 [learn more]

Media & Learning 2018: Video in Higher Education
Leuven, Belgium
Jun 14-15 [learn more]

2018 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
Jul 15-20 [learn more]

U.S. Media Literacy Week 2018
Nov 5-9, 2018 [ learn more]

MembersM-Passion ed: Meet our Members
Mary Moen
Professor and Coordinator
School Library Media Program
University of Rhode Island

"There's been a lot of talk in the library world about the difference between media literacy and information literacy, or if there is any difference at all. Historically, librarians have focused on information literacy skills to support students' academic success and their development as informed and contributing citizens. My stance is that media literacy and information literacy are not the same, but close cousins. Information literacy is the ability to locate, access, use, and synthesize information to resolve an information need. Media literacy is the ability to analyze and create media messages in all forms such as ads, TV shows, music, news, movies and videos. Both literacies demand critical thinking and analysis skills to determine bias, authority, purpose, audience, and accuracy."  [ read more ]

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Free Training: Tools for Tolerance
The Museum of Tolerance, in partnership with the Center for Media Literacy (CML), is offering educators the opportunity to discover ways to teach students to understand and question how stories are designed, targeted, framed, and purposefully delivered. This training is free for California educators.
Program dates: Mar 21 and 28  [ learn more ]

TrendMicro: What's Your Story 
Video Contest
TrendMicro is now accepting entries for this year's What's Your Story? video contest and NAMLE executive director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, will be one of the judges! This year's entries must answer the question, "How do you know if what you see online is real or fake?" The contest is open to entrants 13 years or older who are currently enrolled in school (middle school, high school, college, university, or film school). The grand prize for individual student entries is $10,000 with two additional $5,000 prizes for the best Canadian entry and the best US school entry. Four runner-up entries will be awarded an iPad Pro. Submission deadline: Apr 10   [learn more]

CFP: L2DL Symposium
The L2 Digital Literacies (L2DL) Symposium is now accepting digital presentation proposals which address the conference theme, "Participation, Equity, and Inclusion." Proposals should consider the ways in which technologies enable new forms of interaction, authorship, and access, and how participation in digital spaces generates questions about access, legitimacy, and symbolic power. The Symposium will be held October 15-20 at the University of Arizona.
Submission deadline: May 2 [ learn more ]

CID Video Competition
The Center for Intercultural Dialogue will begin accepting entires for the CID Video Competition on April 15. The theme of the competition is "What does Intercultural Dialogue Look Like?" The competition is open to any student enrolled in any college or university during the 2017-18 school year.
Submission deadline: May 31  [ learn more ]

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite youth from around the world to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme, "Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion."
Submission deadline: Jun 3 [learn more]

CFS: 2019 BEA Research Symposium
The 2019 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Symposium, a partnership between BEA and NAMLE, is now accepting submissions which explore the theme, "Media Literacy: What now?" The symposium will be held in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019.
Submission deadline: Dec 1 [learn more]

Civic Media Literacies: Re-Imagining Engagement for Civic Intentionality
In this paper, published in Learning, Media and Technology, author Paul Mihailidis explores the structural constraints of contemporary approaches to media literacy in the face of increasing partisanship, tribalism, and distrust.  [ learn more ]

Free PreK-12 Certification in Media Literacy
PBS and KQED announced a partnership to offer PreK-12 teachers free certification in media literacy. The PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED recognizes educators who excel in creating and implementing instruction with media, and provides support to help all teachers accelerate these skills.  [ learn more ]

Book: Close Reading the Media
Using this new book by Frank W. Baker, educators will be able to teach middle school students to become savvy consumers of the TV, print, and online media by learning to think critically about photos, advertisements, and other media and consider the intended purposes and messages. The text includes literacy lessons and activities for every month of the school year. [ learn more ]

Report: The Promises, Challenges, 
and Futures of Media Literacy
In this report, authors Monica Bulger and Patrick Davison address the "fake news" problem by evaluating the success and failure of recent media literacy efforts. The report makes five recommendations regarding the future of media literacy programming for educators, legislators, technologists, and philanthropists. [read more]

Crash Course in Media Literacy
Join New York radio host Jay Smooth for a 12-part series of short videos that explore various topics in the field of media literacy. The series was executive produced by YA author John Green and Hank Green and is aimed at young adults, but valuable for all ages. [watch now]


EmploymentEmployment Opportunities 

Teacher, Media Literacy
Glendale Elementary School District
Glendale, AZ  [ more info ]

Assistant or Associate Professor
Media & Democracy
University of Texas
Austin, TX [more info]

Graduate Internship, Children's Media
El Segundo, CA [more info]

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