Children’s Media Career Symposium

This symposium for students and the community offered two panels of children’s media professionals discussing trends in children’s media and career opportunities within the industry, while sharing real-world experiences and advice with attendees. Symposium has been held annually since 2018, and the next one is scheduled for 2022.

Media Inside Out

Our television talk show exploring media literacy topics airing every Wednesday at 12:30 and 8:30PM on Temple University TV (TUTV).

Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative (PYMC)

CMIL is a founding partner of the PYMC. The Collaborative brings together the myriad of organizations in the Philadelphia region working in youth media in the areas of production, professional development, and education to build and enhance the youth media community and distribution of their creative projects.

UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MIL Alliance)

Sherri Hope Culver has been elected Vice-Chair of the International Steering Committee (ISC) for the UNESCO MIL Alliance. The Alliance is a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies. Organizations and individuals from over a hundred countries have joined together for change.This pioneering initiative was launched in 2013 during the Global Forum for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy. Goals of the UNESCO MIL Alliance include:

  • Articulating concrete partnerships to drive MIL development and impact globally;
  • Enabling the MIL community to speak as one voice on certain critical matters, particularly as it relates to policies;
  • Further deepening the strategy for MIL to be treated as a composite concept by providing a common platform for MIL related networks and associations globally.

UNESCO/UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID)

The CMIL has been named as a Global Chair in Media and Information Literacy in a collaboration between UNESCO and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). The UNESCO/UNAOC initiative is developing research, education, and collaborative planning of global media and information literacy initiatives with eight international partner universities.


Annual Children’s Media Career Symposium: In early April, the CMIL hosted a Children’s Media Career Symposium for students at Temple University and the surrounding community, featuring two panels of children’s media professionals with discussions surrounding trends in children’s media and career opportunities within the industry. Speakers revealed real-world experiences and gave advice to students looking to pursue a path within the field. 

Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archives: now available through Temple University library. To access the archive contact Jenifer Baldwin, Head of reference and instructional services, Temple Library 215- 204-4585 or

UNESCO research report – “Survey on Privacy in Media and Information Literacy with Youth Perspectives“: This report explores how privacy is taught in MIL education environments. A second section explores youth perspectives and understandings of MIL. Research for this report was lead by CMIL Director, Sherri Hope Culver and Alton Grizzle, Program Specialist for Media and Information Literacy, UNESCO. This global survey was conducted through the UNESCO  higher education collaborative known as UNITWIN. This publication is part of the UNESCO book series on Internet freedom.

Documentary screenings: previous screenings and discussions have included Screenagers and a discussion about youth engagement with media, and The Problem with Apu and a discussion about representation and media.

New Media Technology Charter School (NMTCS)CMIL worked with the school to create a integrated media literacy curriculum.

K-CAPA High School Media Literacy Program: A program to help undergraduate students gain teaching and media literacy skills that they can apply in media and documentary classes.  

New Media Technology Charter teaching “circle”: Project Manager David Cooper Moore meets weekly with a small group of teachers for an intensive, eight-week session including brainstorming, coaching and lesson-planning focused on media and information literacy and focused on the specific and ongoing needs of the participating teachers

Visiting Fellow:  During 2013 the CMIL is hosting a visiting fellow from Korea, Sojin An. Sojin is an accomplished director with EBS (the Korean Educational Broadcasting Service) and media literacy advocate. She is exploring issues relating to children in Media.

Annual meeting 2013: “Meet the Sproutlets”
Each year the CMIL holds an annual event to introduce students and the community to key players in the children’s media community. This year we met executives from the children’s cable network, SPROUT, including executives from programming, marketing and product. After the presentations, the students, guests and speakers had an opportunity to network and learn more about the field.

International Children’s Media presentation
During this presentation visiting fellow Sojin An screened two of her films, one of which was nominated for an international children’s Emmy award. the screening was followed by a presentation about Korean children’s programming.

Annual meeting 2012:  “Children and Digital Media: Trends, Challenges, and Inspiration”
For this annual event students and guests were treated to inspiring presentations from Erica Branch Ridley (Sesame Workshop) and Makeda Mays Green (Nickelodeon) about their work in children’s media and the future of the field. The event was also an opportunity for students to meet leaders in children’s media and learn about their career path.

Hunger Games Symposium:
This event was a co-production from the CMIL and the Center for Media and Destiny.  Scholars and authors provided insights into the power of the Hunger Games brand on the heels of the release of the first film. CMIL Director Sherri Hope Culver presentation was titled, “Searching for Reality in a Fictional World: How The Hunger Games Plays on Our Enjoyment of and Knowledge of Reality TV”.

My Pop Studio:  Members of CMIL were part of the team that developed My Pop Studio, an online interactive game designed to teach media literacy skills to preteen girls. The website integrates games, blogs, and user-generated content with development in critical thinking.

Klein College of Media and Communication

Temple University
Annenberg Hall, 1A
2020 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-3255

Sherri Hope Culver – Director

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