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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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Posted on November 7, 2017

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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Posted on October 31, 2017

During summer July 2017 Sherri Hope Culver participated in the international summer school in Thessaloniki, Greece. Aristotle University Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communications developed this summer school with Deutsche Welle Academie and Beijing University of Foreign Studies. The theme was “International Journalism and media organizations in a turbulent age: European and Asian Perspectives” .

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Posted on September 22, 2017

WHAT: Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017

WHEN: Oct 24 – 27

The sixth annual global celebration of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week highlights local and regional activities around the world.  The feature event, namely the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference will be hosted by the University of the West Indies, and will take place from 24 to 27 October, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Posted on September 21, 2017

 The CMIL is excited to be working with Paley Library at Temple University on the acquisition and digitization of the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archives. Thoman was the founder of the Center for Media Literacy. The archives include years worth of documentation on the Center for Media Literacy and Thoman’s other writings. In the future, the university will house the archives of the National Association for Media Literacy Education and other media literacy organizations.

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Join us at the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) in Chicago this June! The theme is “Engaging Citizens, Building Community.” The conference mission is to explore the relationships between media literacy education, civic participation and community-building within contemporary culture. The conference runs  from June 26-28. It will be held at Roosevelt College in the heart of downtown Chicago. Scholars, professionals, students, and activists interested in furthering media literacy education are encouraged to attend.

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Posted on March 22, 2017

global_mil_week_2016_-_join_the_youth_poster_contestAn exciting gathering of educators, global leaders, policy makers, and organizations will take place in Sao Paolo, Brazil from November 2-5, 2016 for the Global MIL (Media & Information Literacy) Conference. The conference is part of Global MIL WEEK whose purpose is to promote MIL connections across educational institutions, organizations, policies, professions, initiatives and nations.

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mil-clicksMIL CLICKS is a social media movement led by the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO. The acronym CLICKS stands for Critical-thinking, Creativity, Literacy, Intercultural, Citizenship, Knowledge & Sustainability. The objectives of this social media strategy are to use social media to: 1) Train people to become more media and information literate and to 2) Raise awareness about the importance of media and information literacy.

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Posted on October 12, 2016
In response to the current political discourse and the growing urgency for active civic participation, The National Association for Media Literacy Education announced that its 2017 conference theme will be “Engaging Citizens, Building Community.” The conference will take place in Chicago, Illinois, from June 26-June 28, 2017, at Roosevelt University. It will officially kick-off with pre-conference events on Monday, June 26, and full sessions will commence starting on Tuesday, June 27 through Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
The mission for the 2017 NAMLE Conference is to explore the relationships between media literacy education, civic participation and community-building within our contemporary culture. “We are acutely aware that exploring the issues of civic engagement and community building have never been more important than within the information society we live in today. We are excited that our growing community of media literacy educators, researchers, and advocates will be tackling these important issues at the next conference”, says NAMLE’s Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, whose conference planning responsibilities will be further supported by NAMLE’s Operations Coordinator, Alicia Haywood.
Tony Streit, NAMLE Board Member and Director of the YouthLearn Initiative at Education Development Center, Inc., serves as the 2017 Conference Chair. “In today’s society,” Streit shares, “the public’s participation in political processes and their use of media are increasingly interconnected. With the ongoing evolution of new media technologies, what it means to be an engaged citizen is also evolving and taking new shape. NAMLE’s Conference will make a critical contribution to understanding this evolution and how to educate citizens young and old.”
Program Chair Benjamin Thevenin, Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Brigham Young University, adds, ” More than ever before, media literacy is a core competency for engaged citizenship in participatory democracy.” Thevenin, who also serves on NAMLE’s Leadership Council and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, states, “Media have always played a significant part in politics, yet public perceptions of both politics and the role of the free press are at an all time low and in this most recent election cycle, discerning fact from fiction from outright lies is a 24/7 challenge.”
On behalf of Roosevelt University, Jiwon Yoon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Department of Communication, says, “The NAMLE conference has been the venue for me to learn from other scholars, educators, and activists as well as to meet with old and new friends. The conference also has been a source of inspiration for my teaching and research. I am so pleased that Roosevelt University is co- sponsoring the 2017 Chicago conference.” Local partners include Free Spirit Media, Loyola University Chicago School of CommunicationNews Literacy Project, and the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute.
NAMLE invites presentation and session proposals that address the conference theme of “Engaging Citizens, Building Community”. Potential areas of focus include (but are not limited to):
* Media, activism and social change
* Youth media
* Civic engagement
* News literacy
Potential proposal submissions will include individual presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and other innovative formats. Scholars, educators, media professionals, students, and activists interested in furthering media literacy education are encouraged to prepare a submission.
NAMLE will begin accepting proposals September 1, 2016.
The proposal deadline is January 4, 2017.
Visit namle.net for more information about the conference, as well as updates on the NAMLE community.
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About NAMLE
The National Association for Media Literacy Education is a national organization dedicated to media literacy as a basic life skill for the 21st century. The NAMLE vision is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world. NAMLE Membership for individuals is FREE. For more information, check out namle.net. (@medialiteracyed)

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Posted on July 4, 2016

mil2016_latvia_forum_bannerThe European Media & Information Literacy Forum was held in Riga, Latvia, June 27-29, 2016. Sherri Hope Culver was invited to speak on a panel titled, “MIL: A Privacy Shield” where she shared preliminary details from a research study conducted with UNESCO on the ways in which privacy is being treated in MIL curricula, educators approach to the topic, and training approaches globally.

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Posted on June 27, 2016

“The Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Yearbook 2015 (MILID Yearbook 2015), sponsored by UNESCO, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), New York, and NORDICOM, Gutenburg (Sweden) was released on 26 June 2015 at the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Conference 2015 on the theme ‘Celebrating connectivity across cultures’, as well as the Global Media and Information Literacy Week Conference held at the Hotel Westin Philadelphia from 26-27 June 2015. The yearbook is a prestigious publication to showcase the work done in the year 2014-15 in the field of media and information literacy and intercultural dialogue worldwide. It contains 31 articles on a variety of themes relating to the MDGs and the SDGs, The yearbook has been edited by Dr. Jagtar Singh (Punjabi University,India), Alton Grizzle, (UNESCO, France), Sin Joan Yee, (University of South Pacific,Fiji), and Sherri Hope Culver, (Temple University, USA). This is the third edition of the yearbook. The first two editions were published in the years 2013, and 2014, respectively. The pdf copy of this yearbook can be downloaded from www.nordicom.gu.se” or viewed directly here.

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Posted on November 19, 2015

Global Privacy and MIL Report Released!

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

Study with us in Rome this Summer!

WHAT: Study Abroad in Rome, Italy Summer 2018 WHEN: May 16 – June 29, 2018 Join Sherri Hope Culver in Rome this summer! Learn all about the media business in the course she’ll be teaching “The Business of Media: Focus on Europe.”

Culver presents at the Global MIL Week 2017

WHAT: Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017 WHEN: Oct 24 – 27 The sixth annual global celebration of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week highlights local and regional activities around the world.  The feature event, namely the Seventh Media and Information

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Newseum’s 2017 Summer Teacher Institute on Fake News

Newseum: “Truth, Lies and Consequences: Real Media Literacy for a Fake News World” Washington D.C. Cost: Free July 12th – July 14th 2017 Overview: Are you looking for ways to help your students tell real news from fake news? Understand

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University of Rhode Island: Summer Program

University of Rhode Island Rhode Island July 23 – July 28, 2017  Overview: This six-day institute focuses on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. This program focuses on the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching

2018 Summer Programs in Media Literacy

2018: Study Abroad in Rome, Italy Summer 2018  May 16 – June 29, 2018   Overview: Temple University Rome’s six-week summer session is comprised of undergraduate courses in a variety of disciplines. These disciplines include: anthropology, art, art history, business, criminal

Join Us at the Upcoming NAMLE Conference in Chicago June 2017

    Join us at the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) in Chicago this June! The theme is “Engaging Citizens, Building Community.” The conference mission is to explore the relationships between media literacy education, civic participation and community-building within contemporary

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Does media literacy need a makeover?

Sherri Hope Culver’s blog article “Does Media Literacy Need A Makeover?” has been picked up by PROMAX, the professional association for creative and marketing promotion-makers. See full article here. For other articles by Culver, click here.  

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Culver to speak at Global Media & Info Literacy Conference

An exciting gathering of educators, global leaders, policy makers, and organizations will take place in Sao Paolo, Brazil from November 2-5, 2016 for the Global MIL (Media & Information Literacy) Conference. The conference is part of Global MIL WEEK whose

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North American Chapter of Global MIL Alliance Kicks Off

A group of media and information literacy educators and organizations representing a broad range of sectors met in London, Ontario at Western University on Sept. 20 and 21, 2016 to form the North American Sub-Chapter of the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance

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MIL Clicks

MIL CLICKS is a social media movement led by the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO. The acronym CLICKS stands for Critical-thinking, Creativity, Literacy, Intercultural, Citizenship, Knowledge & Sustainability. The objectives of this social media strategy are to use social media to: 1) Train people to

European Media & Information Literacy Forum

The European Media & Information Literacy Forum was held in Riga, Latvia, June 27-29, 2016. Sherri Hope Culver was invited to speak on a panel titled, “MIL: A Privacy Shield” where she shared preliminary details from a research study conducted

Youth Media Symposium

Panel discussion and special screening of the film "Screenagers", on April 12 from 5:30-7:30pm in the Walk Auditorium in Ritter Hall! Free Event -- RSVP!

Exploring Media Literacy: Media Literacy Week ’15

The Center for Media and Information Literacy was represented by Sherri Hope Culver at an event last week at Fordham University, to celebrate the first day of Media Literacy Week, the inaugural Media Literacy Week in the United States. As Emily

Project Look Sharp summer institute

New York July 20th – July 24th 2015 Overview: This is an intensive, week-long media literacy course for teachers, support staff, college faculty, and other professionals working with students in an educational setting. Participants receive training in the theory and practice