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Monthly Update
February 2017

onthly Update

Donnell Probst
Content Editor

Executive Director

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Board of Directors

Erin Reilly
David W. Brown
Past President
Kelly Whitney
Vice President
Joanne Parsont

Tony Streit

Kristi Avram

Sherri Hope Culver
David Kleeman
Cynthia Lieberman

Lynette Owens
Kim Osborne
Nicole Starr

Federico Subervi

DC Vito

Leadership Council

Rachel Arteaga

Caitlin Barry

Karl Carter

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

Eveline  Schilder

Julie Smith

Benjamin Thevenin

Jiwon Yoon

Student Leadership Council

Emily Bailin

Catherine Burgess

Roma Dash

Donnell Probst

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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Friday, March 3


Conference News

Registration Opens February 21st!

This year's NAMLE conference will kick off with an opening reception on the evening of June 26 in Chicago, Illinois. Full conference days will be June 27 and June 28 at Roosevelt University.  Registration will go live on February 21. For planning purposes, you can find information about registration fees and lodging here. Check back soon for information about pre-conference activities on June 26 during the day. 



President's Letter


At the start of each year, the NAMLE Board of Directors commits to meeting in person. This year, we spent an incredible, wintry weekend in Chicago working on our strategic plan.  As part of the plan, we reviewed our mission, vision and the unique value NAMLE would like to offer. Since we have grown exponentially this past year, I wanted to share with you some of the key statements to which we hold ourselves accountable in order to serve our community.
NAMLE's mission is to be the leading voice, convener and resource to foster critical thinking and effective communication for empowered media participation. We have a vision that media literacy be highly valued by all and widely practiced as an essential life skill for the 21st Century. As a nonprofit organization, we strive to be a voice for our organizational partners and broader community. We offer annual convenings to share knowledge and resources and further the field of media literacy. 
But most importantly, I must say "WOW... hats off to each of you!"  Michelle shared with us a State of NAMLE presentation. Since we changed our membership structure in 2016, we have grown our community 1000%.  I think we can all attest that the need for Media Literacy is more pressing than ever.  It is an extremely hot topic that is being discussed in the news, with strangers on the train, all the way to the living rooms of each of our homes. 
People understand the importance of media literacy.  They are ready to listen and eager to acquire the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that we need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today's world.  So, please share how to become a member of NAMLE with your fellow teacher, your neighbor or that stranger on the bus who turns to you to begin a conversation on issues that are pressing on everyone's minds.

Erin B. Reilly
President, NAMLE

California Senator Introduces
Media Literacy Bill
California state Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has introduced a media literacy bill to combat fake news. The bill's goal is to teach high school students how to detect misleading, fabricated or inaccurate media reports in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.  [ read more ]

NAMLE's Sherri Hope Culver on Fake News
NAMLE board member and Director of Temple University's Center for Media and Information Literacy, Sherri Hope Culver, is quoted in this article in Philadelphia's The Inquirer regarding fake news.
read more ]

Irish Times: Shift Focus 
to Media Studies
The Irish Times discusses media studies and philosophy education as a crucial component of fixing a 'post-truth' society, including extremism and fake news.  [ read more ]

How Corporate Media Threatens 
Our Democracy 
Senator Bernie Sanders outlines how corporate owned media drives the perceptions of viewers and frames the issues about which the general public should be concerned and how these perceptions and frames impact the democratic process.  [ read more ]


Mark Your Calendars 

Copyright Clarity Workshop
University Heights, OH
Mar 20 [ learn more]

DIGITAL EngAGEment Conference
New York, NY
May 5 [ learn more]

(ESI.CORE) Inaugural Moving Forward International Conference
Denver, CO
Jun 23-24  [learn more]

2017 NAMLE Conference
Chicago, IL
Jun 27-28 [ learn more ]

View our full events calendar

M-Passion ed: Meet our Members
Chris Rettstatt
Children's Media Professional

"I've always had a strong drive to empower kids to be more in control of their worlds, and a huge part of this is being mindful consumers and creators of media. As a media creator, I know the responsibility and challenges involved in media creation and the impact those choices have on kids. The line between the creation and consumption of media continues to blur, creating new opportunities as well as new risks."  [ read more ]

Want to recommend an M-Passioned NAMLE member who should be in our next feature? Contact Evelien Schilder at

Youth Film Festival
The 2nd Annual AMERICA I AM Youth Film Festival is a national short-film competition for young people. Youth are invited to submit a short personal film about their "American experience." Entrants must be under nineteen and over twelve years of age upon submission.
Submission deadline: Feb 20   [ learn more ]

CFP: The 2017 LRNG Innovators Challenge
LRNG Innovators is inviting educators to imagine engaging ways to help young people explore their interests, thereby igniting a passion that can lead to college, to a career, or a positive impact in their community. They are seeking proposals for programs, curricula, or projects that actively help youth discover their interests.
Submission deadline: Mar 16 [learn more]

CFS: Trend Micro's 
What's Your Story? 
Video Contest
Students ages 13 or over and currently enrolled in school (middle school, high-school, K-12, college, university, film school) are invited to submit entries for this year's theme, "If you could change one thing about the internet, what would you change?"
Submission deadline: Apr 11 [learn more]

MA, Civic Media, Art & Practice (CMAP)
The Engagement Lab at Emerson College is now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Master of Arts degree program Civic Media, Art & Practice (CMAP) for fall 2017. The 12-month program highlights the relationship of media, art, and practice and explores a wide range of approaches to the art & design of civic media. 
Application deadline: Jul 14 [learn more]


New Issue: Journal of Media
Literacy Education (JMLE)
The newest issue of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, the official publication of NAMLE, is now available. All articles are available for free via the open access digital commons platform hosted by the University of Rhode Island.   [ read more ]

Fake News and the CRAP Test
This critical thinking toolbox provides a variety of ways for developing critical thinking through information literacy practices including the CRAP Test (Credibility, Reliability, Authority, Point-of-View).   [ read more ]


Employment Opportunities 

Media Literacy Facilitators
New York, NY [more info]

Assistant Professor, 
New Media Theory  and History
University of California
Berkeley, CA [more info]

For more listings, visit our organizational 
partner NAMAC's job bank
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