February 2020
Org Partner Spotlight
"Launched in 1962,  Connecticut Public  is our state’s only state-wide public media resource, and home to Connecticut Public Television and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Together, Connecticut Public serves one million citizens each month through our television and radio platforms, as well as through our many digital and online platforms. Through our mission to inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, we seek to connect and empower them through outstanding journalism, storytelling, education and experiences that make our state a more extraordinary place to live, work and play."
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Media Matters Workshop
Chula Vista, CA
March 10
Outside the Lens is hosting a workshop for educators where they will explore the concepts of media literacy in the classroom, how to apply it to various curriculum, and empower students to be critical consumers and conscious creators of media. After the workshop, attendees will have an arts integrated project and lesson plan to use with students. [ register here ]
Knowing the News: An Interactive Media Literacy Project
Detroit, MI
March 18
PEN America is launching Knowing the News — a year-long program of media literacy activities around the country to support communities to more responsibly consume news information. Knowing the News consists of interactive workshops providing strategies and tools to assess the credibility of news sources, as well as field trips to local newsrooms to facilitate engagement between the public and reporters and build understanding of how news is produced. [ more info ]
Pulitzer Center 2020 Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.
June 5-6
What constitutes criminal behavior and why? What are the links between civil rights, human rights and the environment? What protections are there for individuals seeking asylum or fighting deportation? The Pulitzer Center seeks to explore these questions through conversations with journalists, editors, policymakers, academics and others during their 2020 annual conference focused on issues of justice. [ more info ]
Fake: Searching for Truth in the Age of Misinformation
A new documentary from Connecticut Public TV about the spread of misinformation features experts in media literacy, including NAMLE’s Executive Director Michelle Ciulla Lipkin. Viewers will learn how and why misinformation spreads, and how to be a smarter information consumer in our increasingly digital world. Watch the whole documentary online and check out related media literacy resources and tipsheets.
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How to Know What to Trust: Seven Steps
This outline from the News Literacy Project gives news consumers seven steps to help analyze if content is trustworthy or not. The free, downloadable PDF provides news consumers with strategies for analyzing content from a variety of sources, including user generated content, unfamiliar sources, and recognizable news outlets. [ more info ]
Youth and Online Resilience Report
MediaSmarts released a new report, Talking to Youth and Parents About Online Resiliency , based on surveys with adolescents, aged 11-17, and their parents. This report, which suggests young people are conscious of both the positive and negative aspects of technology, outlines how we can support their ability to respond to, or recover from, changing and sometimes stressful environments or circumstances online. [ more info ]
Diversity in Media Lesson Plan
This lesson from MediaSmarts allows students to consider diversity representation in video games by identifying examples of diversity in the games they play and learn about the media literacy key concept that “media communicate values and messages and have social implications.” Students create a design for a video game that will communicate to another player some unique aspect of their own experience. [ more info ]
In the News
Media Literacy Reflection
NAMLE Board of Directors member Kristy Roschke wrote a blog post about her journey with media literacy and how she ended up as the managing director of News Co/Lab at Arizona State University, which advances digital media literacy through journalism, education and technology. [ more info ]
What Happens to News When Journalists and Historians Join Forces
Nieman Lab recently published a feature on how historians and journalists are working together to combat misinformation in the public sphere. This initiative, spearheaded by the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University, highlights a growing acknowledgment that journalists and historians usually work in the same field, although with different goals and perspectives. [ more info ]
Free: NewsGuard Extension for K-12 Schools
NewsGuard’s browser extension, which aids users in determining if a site is reliable and is free to all users, is now launching a paid subscription model for its extension and upcoming mobile app. While the subscription will cost $2.95 a month for consumers, NewsGuard is continuing to provide the extension free for public libraries. It is also inviting K-12 schools to apply to receive NewsGuard free for their school through 2020. Up to 100 schools will be selected. [ apply here ]
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