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Monthly Update
May 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
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

Nneka Gigi

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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Friday, June 2


Conference News

2017 Conference Just Six Weeks Away!!!!

Have you registered for the 2017 NAMLE Conference in Chicago  June 26-28Make sure to register today!

Check out the full program and view all the amazing speakers and session topics.

See you in Chicago!

Any conference questions? 
Contact MJ Robinson at


President's Letter 

The conference is less than six weeks away. I hope you have  registered for the conference and are as excited as I am to connect in person with both old and new friends.  As the weather warms and we start to spill outside to enjoy the sunshine, take a moment to curl up and read this pertinent collection of articles curated from past JMLE issues, all relevant to our conference theme, Engaging Citizens, Building Community .  

Leadership Council member Evelien Schilder put together the list and Student Leadership Council member Catherine Burgess took this list and created a ton of social media posts to help spread the great work that is part of our journal .  

Don't wait to the last minute to make a plan as to which conference sessions you'll want to attend in June.  You can review the full schedule and program descriptions here .  With seven strands to choose from over 3 days of content with a variety of styles from presentations, debates, panels and hands-on workshops, this year's conference is going to be the best yet.  Can I just say WOW, HIGH FIVE and BIG THANK YOU to the conference leadership team -- Tony Streit , Benjamin Thevenin , Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, and MJ Robinson . With a team of volunteers from the Board, Leadership Council and Student Leadership Council, they have been working hard on all aspects of conference planning. I've been privy to all the plans and think you are in for a treat. I can't thank enough the many people who are helping to put on this conference. It takes a village to pull off a "big tent" national conference of this magnitude with the depth and breadth that covers media literacy.

Whether it is the JMLE or the conference, this type of engagement and collaboration is exemplary of the work of our community.  I'm amazed and thankful every day for each of you that serves and commits to media literacy education. It makes me hopeful for the next generation who will lead.

Erin B. Reilly
President, NAMLE


Teen Vogue on Improving 
Media Literacy
Teen Vogue has thrown their hat into the media literacy ring, offering an article titled, "5 Steps to Improve Your Media Literacy: Is that article in your feed the real deal?" The author discusses some questions readers can ask about news stories and offers additional media literacy resources such as Harvard's guide to fake news, PolitiFact, and On the Media from New York Public Media station WNYC.  [ read more ]

News Literacy Project in the News
The Philadelphia Inquirer covered the News Literacy Project's checkology™ virtual classroom and shared stories highlighting how educators across the country have successfully integrated the program into their curriculums.  [ read more ]

Forbes: CEOs Need 
Social Media Literacy
This articles discussed the increasing use of social media by C-level executives at major corporations and the need to better prepare these leaders to use those tools responsibly. The article includes a lengthy summary defining the three C's of a digital personality including creator, curator, and connector.   [ read more ]

Nigeria Today: Curriculum Should Include 
Media & Information Literacy
The author summarizes the main points discussed at UNESCO's National Workshop on Media and Information Literacy, MIL Curriculum Intervention in Nigerian Universities. The article includes supporting evidence for the inclusion of media literacy in Nigerian curriculums.   [ read more ]

Christian Science Monitor: 
Responsible Media Use on Rise
The Christian Science Monitor discussed the increased use of social media for political engagement and as students become social media savvy, they also become more critical about the media they consume and share. [read more]


Mark Your Calendars 

2017 NAMLE Conference
Chicago, IL
Jun 26-28 [ learn more ]

MILID Doctoral Summer School
Barcelona, Spain
Jul 5-7 [learn more]

Constructivist Media Decoding: 
Media Literacy and Critical Thinking 
in Social Studies
Newseum, Washington, D.C.
Jul 24-26 [learn more]


M-Passion ed: Meet our Members
Josie Calloway
8th Grade Teacher
Spanish Fort Middle School
Spanish Fort, Alabama

"The Alabama Career Preparedness Course of Study requires students to create a résumé and a webpage. The buzzword these days is 'personal branding.' What better time than eighth grade to start developing your own personal brand? Now is the time for students to plant the seeds for their future.  Many students are just now establishing an online presence.  I really want them to think about who will be looking at this webpage-colleges? Future employers? They need to consider the direction that they want to define for their life."  [ read more ]

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

Masters in Media Literacy and
Digital Culture (MLDC)
Sacred Heart University's Media Literacy and Digital Culture (MLDC) graduate program combines practical skills and theoretical knowledge with a focus on critical media literacy and the social impacts of digital culture. Three concentrations are offered: Children, Health & Media (CHM), Media & Social Justice (MSJ), and Political Action and Media Production (PAMP).  [ learn more ]

CFS: MIL Summer School 2017
The Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Summer School 2017 is currently seeking proposals for poster sessions and workshops. The main themes under which the topics fall are: reforming and transforming education; innovation in journalism; communication research; new competences and social media; and news literacy and political participation. Doctoral researchers working on relevant topics are invited to participate. 
Submission deadline: May 20  [ learn more ]

CFP: CERCLL Sixth International Conference 
on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence
The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy is now accepting proposals for their Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence. The conference will feature presentations and workshops that consider intercultural competence in connection with global trends of migration, travel, and digitally-enabled mobility. Of particular interest are contributions that address the changing state of intercultural competence in a mobile world.
Submission deadline: May 22 [ learn more ]

CFS: Film Your Research Video Contest
This contest is an effort to get scientists connected with the concept of "visual science" by making a 2-minute video featuring yourself or a lab member performing a scientific experiment or technique in the lab or in the field. All applicants must currently be pursuing scientific research in an academic institution.
Submission deadline: Jun 15 [ learn more ]


What's Your Story? 
Winners Announced
Trend Micro has announced the winners of the 2017 'What's Your Story?' youth video contest. The annual international competition aims to encourage and empower students and young adults to share their views on how we can make the Internet a better place for all.   [ read more ]

JMLE: Attitudes and Perceptions of School Leaders about Media Literacy
Through the stories of six K-12 school administrators, this paper highlights the connections of the experiences and attitudes of school leaders to the actions they take to support media literacy learning, and their visions for technology, instruction, and learning in their schools.  [ read more ]

KQED Launches KQED Learning
KQED announces the launch of the new KQED Learning online hub. KQED Learning serves educators with free and open digital content and tools focused on amplifying youth voice, making media, civic engagement, and real-world media literacy. A core component of the new KQED Learning is KQED Teach, a professional learning platform and source for a growing lineup of free online courses for educators. Courses are self-paced and cover media literacy topics and concepts using a hands-on, media-making approach.  [ read more ]

POV'S 30th Season on PBS
POV's Community Network provides access to more than 90 of POV's award-winning films and digital projects including discussion guides, standards-aligned lesson plans, reading lists and other resources. POV's 30th anniversary season offers a timely montage of diverse stories threaded together by universal desires for inclusion, success and safety. Bring these films into your community with free screenings by signing up in the POV Community Network. [read more]

Parent & Educator Guide to 
Media Literacy and Fake News, a leading nonprofit internet safety organization, is releasing the Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News, now available for free online. The guide helps parents and educators understand not only how to address the topic of "fake news," but the larger issue of media literacy.
[ read more ]


Employment Opportunities 

Teaching Artist for Summer Media Program
Cambridge Community Television
Cambridge, MA [more info]

Education Intern
Democracy Now! Productions
New York, NY [more info]

K-12 Media Studies and Technology Faculty 
Ross Schools
East Hampton, NY [more info]

Youth Media Literacy Workshop Coordinator
The Director's Cut
Boca Raton, FL [more info]

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