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Since 2012 the CMIL  has been collaborating with UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) through their global university program to develop, encourage, and guide a global array of media and information literacy (MIL) resources and activities. (MIL is the UNESCO-recognized term to include digital literacy, media literacy and information literacy.) Although this work has been impactful, it has focused mainly on the educational community. But, of course, MIL is not confined to just one area; it is not just about education or technology or youth media. MIL involves stakeholders in all major areas of civic leadership. A MIL city is truly a “smart” city.

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On Thursday. April 12th, the Center for Media and Information Literacy hosted its first ever Children’s Media Career Symposium at Temple University. The evening consisted of panels on trends in children’s media and career opportunities in the industry, followed by networking time where students had the opportunity to talk more in-depth with panelists about the children’s media industry. The full report and video from the event can be found here!

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Sherri Hope Culver authors a chapter for the next edition of 20 Questions About Youth and Media, a comprehensive guide to today’s most compelling issues regarding the study of children, tweens, teens and the media. The book addresses a range of media, from cartoons to the Internet, from advertising to popular music, and from mobile phones to educational television. The diverse array of topics include government regulation, race and gender, effects (both prosocial and risky), kids’ use of digital media, and the commercialization of youth culture.

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An international media literacy research symposium was held in Lisbon, Portugal April 20, 2018,at the beautiful Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. This is the second time the symposium will take place–the first one was held at Fairfield University in Connecticut, USA on March 21, 2014.

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Join us in Greece in Summer 2019 for the International Media Summer Academy!

Today, accurate information is an increasingly critical resource for our understanding of the world.
Building on the success of the 2018 Summer School, we are looking forward to welcoming another
group of participants from all over the world to Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy in July of 2019.

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From December 5-7, Manchester, UK, will be home to the Children’s Global Media Summit, a major child’s media event held only once every 3 years!

Over the 3 day Summit, sessions and keynotes will focus on five key themes: Innovation, Empowerment, Freedom, Entertainment and Education. The Summit was founded in 1995 in order to help secure the future of children’s programming in a rapidly-changing world.

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Media Literacy Week is November 6-10, 2017

Media Literacy Week is a national event to raise awareness about the need for media literacy education and its essential role in education today. Organizations, schools, educators and Media Literacy Week partners from all over the country will work with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) on a wide variety of events including #MediaLitWk classroom lessons, virtual events, online chats, screenings, PSA’s, panel discussions and more.

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The 6th Annual International Children’s Media Conference (Istanbul) held November 1-2, 2017  is Turkey’s one and only conference focusing on children’s media.

Professor and CMIL Director Sherri Hope Culver was an invited speaker at the conference. Her presentation was titled, “Media As Mirror: The Power of Representation in Children’s Media”.

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The CMIL is pleased to announce the release of a new publication, “Survey on Media and Information Literacy with Youth Perspectives” co-authored by CMIL Director, Sherri Hope Culver and Alton Grizzle, Program Specialist for Media and Information Literacy, UNESCO. This publication is part of the UNESCO book series on Internet freedom. (http://en.unesco.org/unesco-series-on-internet-freedom )
In a world in which communication is increasingly global and online, the ability for a person to choose what information he or she wants to share, and what information he or she chooses to keep unknown to others, is growing in difficulty. But, restraining information from all the ways in which it may be shared or known, is, if not impossible, certainly daunting. Privacy concerns all peoples of all ages. MIL is for all. Privacy decisions can affect a person’s access to education, financial opportunities, willingness to speak freely and openly, and their safety. Advancements in media and technology thereby necessitate an ongoing reassessment of what it means to be media and information literate as a defense of private information, or to be private.
This report combines research findings from two related research studies carried out for UNESCO. The first is research into youth perspectives on privacy through a survey designed as part of a larger study on citizens’ response to MIL competencies, which started in 2015. From 100 countries, 2,300 young people aged 14-25 were engaged in a wider exercise of training and research. Of these, 1,735 completed the questionnaire, including the section on privacy. The second is a survey on privacy in MIL programmes globally conducted through the UNESCO-UNAOC UNITWIN Cooperation Programme on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue (MLID University Network). This involved 231 respondents involved in teaching privacy in connection with MIL. They are from various education environments, including: high school (14%); middle school (10%); primary/ elementary school (20%); university or college level (24%); educators, out-of-school or afterschool programmes (9%); civil society, including NGOs and non-profits (17%); and alternate environments, such as middle and high school combined (6%).
Understanding privacy is an increasingly important component of being media and information literate. This publication explores how that reality might affect educators and organizations that have focused programmes, research and events on media and information literacy., A shift in one’s understanding of privacy may require a shift not just in thinking, but in actions as well.
To read the book, you can download it for free here – (http://en.unesco.org/unesco-series-on-internet-freedom )

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