CMIL
The CMIL is a member of:
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About CMIL

The Center for Media and Information Literacy was established in 2011 at Temple University as a hub for activity involving media literacy and information literacy locally, nationally, and internationally.  The CMIL is a “global chair” of media and information literacy appointed by UNESCO and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Vision

The Center for Media and Information Literacy will be a recognized leader in providing thoughtful scholarship, professional development for educators, and guidance to the media industry in media and information literacy locally, nationally and internationally.

Mission

The Center for Media and Information Literacy provides tools for educators and the media industry to advance critical analysis, use and creation of quality media content.

Services:

Innovative curriculum development
Targeted research on current media issues
Afterschool media literacy programs
Teacher media literacy education programs
Seminars and workshops
Consultative services with media companies

Recent Accomplishments

Sherri Hope Culver has been elected Vice-Chair of the International Steering Committee (ISC) for the UNESCO Global Alliance on Partnerships for Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL). GAPMIL represents organizations from over 80 countries working to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information literacy competencies.

Media Inside Out – television series

Media Inside Out is a television talk show that explores the media we love to watch, listen to, read and play with an analytical and critical approach. The series approaches media with an appreciation for its potential as entertainment, and even as an educational tool, but balances that with an understanding of its impact and influence. Over 40 episodes are available for streaming on topics including diversity in commercials; the influence of news editing; and the shift in the audiences’ role from consumer to author.

Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School program

With support from the Philadelphia Education Fund, CMIL brought media literacy to several K-CAPA classrooms. Temple students were trained by CMIL in media literacy and then placed in a classroom at K-CAPA to provide assistance and recommendations for curriculum and activities to the classroom teacher.

New Media Technology Charter School workshops

CMIL provided a full day workshop to all teachers of this charter school to introduce basic media literacy concepts. This was followed by a once-a-week meeting for eight-weeks with a small group of teachers to deepen their knowledge about media literacy and work on specific activities and projects for their classrooms.

Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Yearbook

Sherri Hope Culver co-edited several UNESCO Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Yearbooks. These yearbooks include papers from leaders in the field of media and information literacy worldwide.

Collaborative partner in UNESCO/UNAOC MILID UNITWIN program

CMIL represents the University in its designation as the Global Chair of media and information literacy in the US.  This designation connects CMIL to a select group of Universities worldwide collaborating on global media and information literacy initiatives.

United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID)

University Twinning and Networking programme (UNITWIN)

Media Smart Seminars

These are open community events bringing interesting speakers and topics together to highlight current media issues. Recent events include the Children’s Media Career Symposium and a screening/discussion event for the documentary Screenagers.