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Sherri’s blog explores topical issues relating to children’s media and media literacy. The blog is available at www.sherrihopeculver.com Topics have included: -media as mirror: representations of difference -media coverage of the US presidential campaign -explicit lyrics in popular music -apps and gender -talking to children about race in the media -the influence of media on children’s play -the mystical magic of algorithms -smartphone and internet addiction -tips for media literacy

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I didn’t play with dolls much growing up. Even as a kid I was more likely to be gathering friends in my garage to act in my latest directorial creation than inventing storylines with plastic, motionless dolls. But, I’ve grown up to be someone deeply curious about the ways in which creativity is developed, especially for kids, and especially for girls, and especially when that creativity intersects with media. So

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Every week it seems like some organization puts out a list of guidelines for how children should engage with online content. This week Common Sense Media jumped into the fray with a Twitter post including a link to “Responsible Search Strategies for Kids”. I’m always interested to see how people or organizations frame these sorts of tips, so I clicked. The information is…fine. Mainly a rehash of tips that many

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Maybe it’s my history working with public television or my strong feeling that all kids need access to quality educational media content, but the article “There Goes the Neighborhood: The Story Behind the New Sesame Street and its Journey to HBO” just makes me sad. 90% of the article is about money. How much of it Sesame Street needs. How much of it HBO can provide. The unintended consequences of

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I am writing this just a few hours after the conclusion of the News Literacy Summit held this past Sunday and Monday in Chicago. I am grateful to the McCormick Foundation for bringing together an impressive group of people passionate about news literacy. I appreciated hearing innovative ideas about how teachers and journalists are bringing news literacy into education and the vital need to help young people feel connected to

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There’s an energy that comes from a place filled with media and the arts and young people that I never tire of.  The Nerve Centre is one of the official “creative learning centers” supported by Northern Ireland Screen. After meeting with Bernard McCloskey at NI Screen, he suggested Martina and I visit this creative learning center to see a few of their projects and people up close. I’m so glad

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I had the pleasure of visiting Belfast this past week and met with Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education for Northern Ireland Screen. (Thank you Martina Chapman!) Bernard shared a bit about the work being done in NI to help teachers integrate media into their classrooms. NI Screen supports three “creative learning centers” in NI (more on that in my next post) and has kicked off a project titled “Future Classrooms“.

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(Christine Muszynski) Hello All- This sadly will be my last blog post to share with you from London. As you know, over the past few weeks my classmates and I have had the chance to visit different professionals in the media industry. On Monday July 14th, we had the great pleasure to meet with Kevin Blacoe at the BBC Broadcasting House in London. He has worked in the media industry

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(Danielle Vallely) This past Monday I had the opportunity to visit the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and talk with Kevin Blacoe, the senior adviser for BBC learning. The atmosphere at BBC is incredibly lively and the employers really take the time to connect with their audience members. Kevin explained that the BBC is constantly looking for new ideas to introduce to their followers. Staying ahead of the game when it

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(Patrick Whalen) On Monday we took a trip to the BBC and had a meeting with Kevin Blacoe who is the senior adviser at BBC for policy, public affairs and communications. During our meeting with Kevin he talked about his education, previous work experience before coming to the BBC, as well as what he does under his title at the BBC. I found him to be pretty interesting especially the

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