Press Contact: 
Kristi Avram
NAMLE Visibility Committee
For Immediate Release
The National Association for Media Literacy Education to  Host 4th Annual U.S. "Media Literacy Week" November 5 - 9, 2018
Hundreds of participants will come together to raise awareness for media literacy in all 50 states
New York, N.Y. - Oct. 3, 2018 The  National Association for Media Literacy Education  (NAMLE) is hosting the 4th annual U.S.  Media Literacy Week Nov. 5 - 9, 2018, to raise awareness of the critical need for media literacy education across the country.  Hundreds of organizations, schools, educators, partners, and supporters are coordinating efforts to amplify the role of media literacy as an essential 21st century life skill. #MediaLitWk will be promoted through public outreach activities, classroom lessons, film screenings, virtual events, PSAs, panel discussions, town halls, and more. A calendar of events summarizes nationwide details at .
Sponsored by Trend Micro, Nickelodeon, truTV and Twitter, U.S. Media Literacy Week showcases the work of media literacy educators and organizations that work year round to create positive social change and increase civic engagement. As NAMLE serves as a resource hub, its partners coordinate efforts to raise awareness of how media literacy aligns with the strength of our democracy. 
"Now in our 4th year, U.S. Media Literacy Week is a galvanizing force to further our mission.  We anticipate more than 250partners with events occurring nationwide. We are committed to seeing media literacy recognized as a vital part of education in today's media driven society," said NAMLE Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin.
Highlights of U.S. Media Literacy Week 2018 Include:
  • NAMLE and truTV partner to offer universities around the country a chance to screen The Problem with Apu, a film created by and starring comedian Hari Kondabolu. The comedic documentary uses media literacy skills to examine how a controversial caricature from The Simpsonsanimated serieswas created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist twenty-eight years later.  
  • Episodes from truTV's Adam Ruins Everything will be made available to educators, with lesson plans and discussion guides for use in classrooms throughout the week.  In the series, creator and star Adam Conover uses a combination of comedy, history and science to debunk misconceptions about a variety of topics and ideas.
  • Media Literacy Online Fair Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST. Modeled after traditional college fairs, this inaugural event takes place entirely online. Attendees will be able to interact live with representatives from reputable media literacy education programs. Exhibitor "booth" registrationis open via this submission form.
  • Children's Media Association will be hosting a discussion about Gender in Children's Media on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Fordham University.The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media will be joining for the discussion. 
  • Reuters will host an event at its NYC headquarters on Nov. 9 tobring together journalists, educators, and students for a discussion about the midterm election results and the role fake news, social media and the press played in the election. We will hear from journalists who covered the elections and students who voted for the first time.
  • Northeast Media Literacy Conference will wrap up Media Literacy Week at the University of Rhode Island on Nov. 10.  
Organizations and Educators Welcome to Contribute

All are welcome to participate in Media Literacy Week. Regional Chairpersons 
are available to provide tools, guidance, tips, connections, and materials to assist with event planning in your area. It's up to each educator and/or organization to decide how they will participate. NAMLE offers a Media Literacy Week Tool Kit, downloadable for free , to  anyone ready to get started.      
Anyone interested in becoming a Media Literacy Week Partner, should email their name, contact information, and organization's logo to .
This year, we are introducing a new level of participation, Media Literacy Week Supporter. This supporter level comes with many benefits including additional promotion, outreach, and resource opportunities.  To find out more please visit website
Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities for Media Literacy Week, NAMLE's Biennial Conference, or other efforts, can email Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director at .
The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is a national non-profit organization with more than 4,300 individual and organizational members, dedicated to media literacy as a critical life skill for the 21st century. NAMLE is the leading voice, convener, and resource to foster critical thinking and effective communication across all forms of media. NAMLE is a network of educators, scholars, researchers, practitioners, media makers, and thought leaders in the field of media literacy. NAMLE membership for individuals is free. In addition to its annual Media Literacy Week, NAMLE produces a biennial conference, which will be held next in Washington D.C. in June 2019. NAMLE's official publication is  The Journal of Media Literacy Education  (JMLE) , an online, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal, with more than 50,000 downloads per year. The JMLE supports the development of research, scholarship, and the pedagogy of media literacy education. Sponsorships and organizational partnerships are welcomed at Donations to support NAMLE's efforts to improve, support, and raise awareness for media literacy education can be made  here.
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