November 2019
Org Partner Spotlight
Columbia College Chicago
The Masters of Arts in Civic Media at Columbia College Chicago is a year-long graduate program that connects students to the community and engages them in the design of collaborative solutions to existing regional problems. The main goal is to leverage the College's resources and the talents of our students to drive positive social change, and to build sustainable public-facing initiatives. We are committed over the long term to building a broad and deep portfolio of civic works that helps our area-wide municipal, cultural and civically-focused agencies move forward. Read the full interview.
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K-2 Educators: Free Virtual PD Series
Using Media to Bring Stories to Life
December 3, 7:00 PM ET
This session will introduce ideas and best practices educators can use to inspire creative, young storytellers. This includes a deep dive into different types of media - from e-books to augmented reality - and a look at real-world success stories from inside and outside of the classroom. This professional learning series is for anyone who works with young children at home, in a center, or in a school-based learning setting. [ more info ]

Using Media to Lift the Littlest Voices
December 10, @ 7:00 PM ET
This session will help educators understand the important role media creation plays and explore how educators are using media to engage their youngest learners in the content creation process. This professional learning series is for anyone who works with young children at home, in a center, or in a school-based learning setting. [ more info ]
Using Media to Bring Stories to Life
December 3
7:00 PM ET
Using Media to Lift the Littlest Voices
December 10
7:00 PM ET
Safety and Privacy in Participatory Culture
In this online course from KQED, learn how to support your students' safety and privacy online so they can get started making media. Understand what online safety and privacy looks like as both a media consumer and media producer. Course dates: Jan 13-17 [ learn more ]
Film Screening: True Justice
In December, the Kunhardt Film Foundation, a not-for-profit educational media company, will begin offering educators free access to the full length HBO documentary True Justice, a film about Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative's call to transform our nation's false narratives of racial difference and move towards a more equitable future. Accompanying resources include a 50 minute educator version of the film, classroom lessons for high school students, an engagement guide for community based organizations for adults, and a series of interviews collected during production. [ learn more ]
The Common Sense Census:
Media Use by Tweens and Teens 2019
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2019 is a big-picture look at how young people in the U.S. find entertainment and use devices. Beyond screen time, the report explores other critical challenges for families managing media use, from internet access for homework to unregulated, unrated online videos.
Grades 6-12 Game: Cast Your Vote
In the new and improved game Cast Your Vote , students learn how to evaluate ballot initiatives as well as candidates’ platforms, promises and qualifications based on their speeches, messaging and voting records. Once students are fully informed, they will make their decision and cast their vote in a local election. [ learn more ]
Losing the News: The Decimation of Local News and the Search for Solutions 
The new report by Pen America, Losing the News, ultimately calls for a rethinking of local journalism as a public good. The report concludes that reinvigorating local watchdog reporting will require concerted action and an investment of billions of dollars across the philanthropic, private, and public sectors. The report advocates for a new congressional commission to develop concrete recommendations for how the government can better support a free and independent local press. [ more info ]
NAMLE is Hiring: Program Assistant
NAMLE has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, emerging media literacy professional who is interested in joining our expanding team. The position, which provides the opportunity for substantial professional growth, is full-time with flexible hours but may require some evenings or weekends. The position is remote with the possibility of occasional travel. Submit your letter of interest and resume to .
Application deadline: Dec 6 [ learn more ]
PBS SRL Homegrown Fellowship
The  PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs  Homegrown Fellowship gives high school students in the Washington D.C. metro area an opportunity to make professional-quality videos while developing their journalism and video production skills and connecting with other students who are passionate about storytelling. This year, Fellows will create short video profiles of young voters whose stories exemplify their communities.
Application deadline: Dec 6 [ learn more ]
CFS: 2019 "What's Your Story?"
Trend Micro invites individuals ages 13 and older who are enrolled in school (K-12, college, university, film school), and school representatives to submit an entry for the 2019 "What's Your Story?" video competition. Entrants are asked to create a two minute video which answers the question, "If the internet disappeared, what would your life be like?" The grand prize is $10,000.
Submission deadline: Jan 14 [ learn more ]
Growing Voters Commitment:
School and District Administrators in K-12
K-12 school and district administrators have the opportunity to sign the Growing Voters Commitment from the Teaching for Democracy Alliance. The Commitment includes providing teachers, staff, and students the leadership and support to facilitate and/or engage in important election- and voting-related learning opportunities such as voter registration, media literacy skill development, Action Civics, and more. [ learn more ]
CivXNow: A Project of iCivics
CivXNow is based on the active participation of a coalition of leading civic learning providers, philanthropic organizations, academic and research institutions, and other supporters representing perspectives from across the political spectrum. To demonstrate cross-sector, nonpartisan support for civic learning, the member organizations of the coalition have committed to improving civic knowledge and education through their individual and collective missions. They support the  pledge/mission to improve the state of civic education in the nation. The coalition is growing and welcomes new member organizations. [ learn more ]
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