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Media & Learning News feature article

International Media and Information Literacy Yearbook Published

By Sherri Hope Culver, director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University

The second annual yearbook on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) was published last month. The publication was announced at the MILID conference held in Beijing on September 27 and 28. The theme of the 2014 yearbook is “Global Citizenship in a Digital World” and includes 29 articles exploring programs and research in K12 education, higher education, and out-of-school programs across the globe. The first yearbook was published in 2013.

The theme of global citizenship for the 2014 yearbook is a reflection on the essential role
media and information literacy education plays in helping young people to see themselves as active participants in the
sharing of information, images, news, and entertainment across boundaries.

Articles explore video production in Egypt; civic engagement in Canada; curriculum development in Nigeria; media marginalization in India; teacher training in Japan– and numerous other countries and activities. Across the globe there are innovative media and information literacy programs taking place. Despite these strong efforts, it is sometimes difficult to gain  information about best practices so that new programs may benefit from prior work. It is the aim of the yearbook to speak to this need. Articles provide detail about ways to engage young people through activities in
critical thinking, creative production using mobile media and methods for building partnerships with government and education, and research detailing exciting new practices.

The yearbook is a project of the UNESCO/UNAOC university cooperation program known as UNITWIN, the university twinning and networking program.
The goal of the program is to promote “international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.”

The 2015 conference will take place in Philadelphia June 26-27, 2015.

The yearbook was co-edited by Sherri Hope Culver from Temple University’s Center for Media and Information Literacy (USA) and Paulette Kerr from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Copies are available through the publisher, the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media.

A free PDF download of the full yearbook is available at this link.

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