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Monthly Update
March 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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2017 Conference To-Do List!

1) Check the Conference 2017 website regularly for updates!

2) Register today for Conference 2017 to take advantage Early Bird rates!

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President's Letter


Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate and attend the News Literacy Working Group at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  It was convened in partnership with Facebook and brought together about 50 people from technology, journalism, philanthropy and education.  Our goal was to identify problems, offer solutions and build relationships to take action together working across journalists, media companies, media literacy educators and the various outlets that disseminate the news in addressing the fake news issue.  
Take a moment to read Dan Gilmor's blog post reflecting on the many insights and ideas from participating in the weekend.

Also, check out this visual illustrating the discussion. 

And as a NAMLE member, we need your help in ensuring everyone is media literate.  It starts with each of us individually taking the time to ask critical questions on the media we create, consume and share, but it's also about helping your neighbor.  Start a conversation and encourage others to form habits of inquiry.  For some keen advice to share, check out Michelle talking with Brian Stelter from CNN.

Let's keep Media Literacy in the news and on the tips of everyone's tongue.  Thanks for your help!

Erin B. Reilly
President, NAMLE

NAMLE Executive Director Appears on CNN
NAMLE's Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources to talk with Brian Stelter about Media Literacy.  [ read more ]

Washington Post: Five Ways Trump Can Become Media Literate
The Washington Post examines the source of President Trump's suggestion of terrorist attacks in Sweden as a roadmap for implementing media literacy skills.
read more ]

University Classifies Media 
Literacy Course as 
"General Education"
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is offering a journalism class to help students determine which news outlets are more reliable than others. "News Literacy" is now classified as a general education course, and the UMass Amherst journalism department plans to offer it to more students.
[ read more ]

Huffington Post: Media And Information Literacy Prevent Violent Extremism
This Huffington Post article discusses how policymakers, media, educators, civil society and ordinary citizens can turn information into knowledge and reduce violent extremism. [read more]


Mark Your Calendars 

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

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

2017 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy
Providence, RI
Jul 23-28 [learn more]

View our full events calendar

M-Passion ed: Meet our Members
Molly Feeney Wood
Literacy Consultant

"There is a close relationship between the critical and close reading of books and the critical and close reading of the digital environment. Regardless of what students are reading-a paperback or an online article- I encourage them to ask the necessary questions such as, "Is this story fair? Who is included and who is left out? How does this text deal with individuals and with groups?" In doing so, I hope to do my part in creating a more democratic and socially conscious society." 
[ read more ]

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

CFS: CMCS 5th International Conference   
The Center for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is now accepting submissions for the 5th International Conference. The conference is open to submissions from individuals involved in all areas of television journalism. Working papers and media productions will be considered for the conference.
Submission deadline: Apr 15   [ learn more ]

CFP: 2018 Intercultural  
Competence Conference
In 2018, CERCLL will host the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence which will focus on Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical. Of particular interest are contributions that address the changing state of intercultural competence in a mobile world.  Submission deadline: May 22 [  learn more ]

CFE: PLURAL+ Video Festival
The PLURAL+ Video Festival is now accepting video entries from youth aged 25 years and younger which highlight issues like migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights, xenophobia, and social unity.  Submission deadline: Jun 4 [ learn more ]

Course: Promoting Digital 
Media Literacy in Students
This professional development course for teachers offered by PBS TeacherLine is designed to expand instructional knowledge of Internet-based research, and to help teachers learn to guide students through a process of finding information, evaluating sources, and applying new understanding to their inquiries.  
Application deadline: Varies [learn more]


Report: Teens and Tweens
Relationship with News
Common Sense released News and America's Kids, a report that explores how young people perceive and are impacted by the news. This report captures children's firsthand experiences with news and their take on how they're portrayed by news media.  [ read more ]

Letters to the Editor: 
Teaching Civic Engagement
NCTE student member, Alex Dzurick, wrote an article for the NCTE blog about using letters to the editor as a tool to teach civic engagement and literacy skills.
[ read more ]

Report: How Youth Navigate  
the News Landscape
A new report from the Data & Society Research Institute and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds that teens and young adults express low levels of trust in the news media and use a variety of strategies to confirm, verify, and clarify the stories about which they care. [read more]


Employment Opportunities 

FT Faculty, Communication and Media
North Shore Community College
Lynn, MA  [ more info ]

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