Monthly Update | January 2020
Meet Our New Program Assistant:
Kyle Plantz
Last year NAMLE embarked on a search for our third full-time employee, a new Program Assistant. After sorting through an amazingly talented pool of applicants, we are excited to announce Kyle Plantz will be joining the NAMLE team this month!

Kyle is coming to us from Science News , a nonprofit magazine covering advances in science, medicine and technology, where he served as the Editorial Assistant. While at Science News, Kyle helped launch The Transparency Project , an experiment created in partnership with News Co/Lab at Arizona State University. To read Kyle's full bio, click here .

Kyle will be assisting us with the day-to-day operations, communication, events, and overall support as we scale during this exciting time of growth at NAMLE!
Media Literacy in the News
“In today’s political climate, teaching kids
civics and news literacy is vital”
This article in the Chicago Tribune outlines how a lack of basic civic knowledge leads to emotional responses when discussing politics in America. The author suggests cross-curricular teaching in both civics and digital literacy to provide students with the tools necessary to engage in civil political discourse in online environments. [ read more ]
“Wild West: Firms interpret California’s privacy law as they see fit”
This article from Politico reflects on how companies, big and small, are attempting to deal with the requirements of California’s new Consumer Privacy Act, providing insight into how similar laws might affect consumers in other states in the future. The law has now been in effect for a few weeks, giving residents the right to know what information companies collect about them and some measure of control over that data, however, enforcement will not begin until the summer of 2020.
[ read more ]
EDC Talks: Media Literacy in the Spotlight
Tony Streit, who leads the  National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) for Education Development Center (EDC) and also serves as NAMLE's Board president, spoke to EDC about the importance of media literacy education in youth media making. [ read more ]
M-Passioned: Meet Our Members
Alexis Romero Walker
PhD Student
School of Journalism and Media
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

"Media literacy is of vital importance to me because fictional media have created a standard of how minority communities should be perceived. Women are represented as fragile and sexual, the Latin(x) community has been represented as dangerous and “illegal”, the black community has been represented as dangerous and prisoners, the LGBTQ community has been represented as flamboyant and overbearing, etc. These stereotypes have been repeated so many times that people often believe that these communities of people are one dimensional in negative ways. I don’t think people realize the effect of fictional media, and I’m excited that conversation has started in hopes of developing more empathetic and true to life stories about diverse communities. " [ read more ]
Reuters and Facebook Journalism Project Create E-Learning Course on Deepfakes
Multimedia news publisher Reuters teamed up with the Facebook Journalism Project on an e-learning course aimed at helping newsrooms more easily detect deepfakes and manipulated media. This course draws on Reuters’ expertise to show readers real examples, hypothetical cases and insight into the evolving technology used to create and detect manipulations – including the new threat of "deepfakes."  [ learn more ]
Report: What People Want to Know About the News
As part of five focus groups at the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas in Austin, researchers set out to determine what readers don’t understand about the news process and to show newsrooms how they can build trust by addressing common reader concerns. The study found readers wanted newsrooms to do a better job of digging deeper into stories, explaining terminology, clarifying why certain voices were included in stories and others were left out, and avoiding what readers perceived as journalists’ biased depiction of sources. [ learn more ]
Free Download: 10 Reasons Why Media Education Matters Poster
Download this free, full-color poster that displays media statistics from the Media Education Foundation. Hang it in your classroom or your office to remind everyone to think critically about media. [ learn more ]
Report: Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms
Grounded in knowledge gained from Project Information Literacy’s decade of large-scale studies on how college students find and use information for course work and in their personal lives, and more recently, on the interplay of journalism, new platforms, and trust in media, this research report calls on educators to embrace the challenge of understanding new forms and channels of information beyond academia. The report includes a set of recommendations for librarians, educators, and journalists that work where information and young adults intersect. [ learn more ]
About Us

Executive Director
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Associate Director
Donnell Probst

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

Job Opportunities
Administrative Operations Coordinator, Project Look Sharp
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY

Baltics Media Literacy Curriculum and Training Experts (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
Riga, Latvia

Field Coordinator -
News Literacy and Digital Storytelling
Montana Media Lab
Missoula, MT
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