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Monthly Update
August 2018

Meet the Team

Monthly Update

Donnell Probst

Executive Director

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Board of Directors

Erin Reilly
Sherri Hope Culver
Past President

David Kleeman
Vice President
Joanne Parsont

Tony Streit

Kristi Avram

Steve Hargadon

Alicia Haywood

Tori Horton

Gonca Latif-Schmitt
Cynthia Lieberman

Lynette Owens

Daniel Rhone
Nicole Starr

DC Vito

Leadership Council

Rachel Arteaga

Emily Bailin Wells

Caitlin Barry

Catherine Burgess

Natasha Casey

Belinha S. De Abreu

David Cooper Moore

Elizaveta Friesem

Yonty Friesem

Kelsey Greene

Jaclyn Kahn Siegel

Emily Keating

David Magolis

Dee Morgenthaler

Tina Peterson

Donnell Probst

Theresa Redmond

Rebecca Reynolds

Laurie Chin Sayres

Evelien  Schilder

Julie Smith

Benjamin Thevenin

Jiwon Yoon

Student Leadership Council

Jimmeka Anderson

Nneka Gigi

Jasmin Goodman

Alexis Romero

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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TopIn this issue...

Media Literacy Week

U.S. Media Literacy Week
NOVEMBER 5-9, 2018

U.S. Media Literacy Week is less than 3 months away! 

Have you started your planning? Contact your regional chair with any questions or if you want to brainstorm ideas.

Is your school or organization signed up to be a partner or supporterAre your event plans underway?
Let us know by contacting NAMLE ' s Program Associate, Nirvana Guzman!


Forbes: Facebook Media Literacy 
Game Combats Fake News
Forbes magazine featured an article about a new Facebook game, The News Hero, designed by Latvia-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. Players are in charge of a publishing company and have to choose which stories are real and which not, before authorizing publication.
[ read more ]

Blog: 4 Essential Skills for  Media Literacy
In a recently published blog post, 
NAMLE Executive Director Michelle Ciulla Lipkin discusses four essential skills for developing an understanding of the media we consume and their embedded messages. The four skills include slowing down in a fast-paced world, finding the source(s), exploring media as a creator, and understanding bias. [read more]

CalendarMark Your Calendar

Media Literacy and Civic Engagement in the Digital Age
Texas A&M University
Sept 28 [ learn more]

Media Literacy Week 2018
U.S. and Canada
Nov 5-9, 2018  [learn more:  U.S.  and Canada ]

Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference
Providence, RI
Nov 10 [learn more]

2018 Information & Media Literacy Conference
University of Passau
Nov 23-24 [learn more]

2019 International Critical Media Literacy Conference
Savannah, GA
Feb 22-23 [learn more]

2019 NAMLE Conference
Washington, D.C.
Jun 26-28 [learn more]

MembersM-Passion ed: Meet our Members
Garrett Broad
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
and Media Studies
Fordham University

" I'm really energized by questions about how we can help our students develop the intellectual and practical skills to be media literate consumers and producers, whether they are aiming to work as journalists or as advocacy professionals. What can we learn from the history of media and communication that informs our understanding of the present? What role do media and communication technology play in creating the conditions for contemporary social movements related to issues like racial justice and LGBT rights? As an example of how we put this into practice, in April of 2018 I worked with several of our graduate students to organize the Advocacy/Journalism Conference, using a mix of panel discussions and hands-on workshops to explore just these kinds of questions. [ read more ]

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

Online Course: Challenging Topics  
Project Look Sharp is offering a six week online course designed for educators who are looking for strategies for teaching critical thinking and addressing bias using the tools of media literacy. The course meets weekly for one hour on Tuesday evenings from October 16 through November 20. The cost of the course is $295.   Course start date: Oct 16  [ learn more ]

CFP: 2019 ICA Conference
The International Communication Association is now accepting papers for the 2019 Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. from May 24-28, 2019. The conference theme, Communication Beyond Boundaries, encourages papers which showcase an understanding of the role of communication and media at the intersection of social, political, and cultural boundaries, and research that intersects domains both within and outside of academia.
Registration deadline: Nov 1  [ learn more ]

Facebook Releases Digital 
Literacy Library
Facebook's new Digital Literacy Library features a collection of lessons which include group discussions, activities, quizzes, and games designed to help young people develop skills needed to navigate the digital world, critically consume information, and responsibly produce and share content. Created by experts in consultation with teens, some of the topics covered include security, privacy, safety, information literacy, positive behavior, and content production.  [ learn more ]

Doc Academy
Doc Academy provides free, 
easy-to-use resources for secondary school teachers who want to use documentary films to engage students in thinking about the world, society, and their place in both. Educators can teach a variety of subjects including English Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Film Studies, STEM, and more using the included short clips from documentary films and standards-aligned lesson plans for high school classrooms.  [ learn more ]
Media Literacy Quick 
Reference Guide
NAMLE has created a one-page, quick reference guide which defines media literacy and provides a set of questions which media consumers can use to deconstruct the media messages they encounter in all forms of media. 

Podcast Series: Planet of Propaganda
Media Education Lab at the University 
of Rhode Island has released Planet of Propaganda, a podcast series which looks at the efforts of different educators across Europe who are teaching about propaganda through the lens of media literacy. The series includes an introductory podcast and five additional podcasts which cover media literacy initiatives in Belgium, Croatia, Romania, Poland and Finland. [ learn more]
Digital Tool: Memories of September 11, 2001
This free, online digital tool created 
by Kara Clayton and Carolyn Fortuna at the Media Education Lab is designed to help high school and college students understand the importance of sharing memories as a form of oral history. The tool includes a three-part lesson plan which includes learning about the events of September 11, analyzing newspapers and videos related to the coverage of September 11, and then participating in an asynchronous conversation with someone who personally experienced September 11. Through these lessons, students learn digital literacy and research skills while improving their social and emotional learning skills.  [learn more]
Publication: Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change
This summer, the 12th Salzburg 
Academy on Media and Global Change gathered 76 students, along with faculty and visiting experts from over 30 countries around the world to re-imagine journalism. The program focused on the exploration of models and approaches to storytelling that combat an emerging culture of distrust. The final publication, titled Persist: New Ideas for Journalism in an Age of Distrust, features six chapters that educate, inspire, and advance new pathways for media and news institutions, journalists, and storytellers. [ learn more]

EmploymentEmployment Opportunities 

Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication
Villanova University
Villanova, PA [ learn more]
Youth Media Manager
San Francisco, CA [ learn more]
Douglas L. Manship Sr. - Dori J. Maynard Chair in Race, Media & Cultural Literacy
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA [ learn more]

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