Statement from North American GAPMIL - Barrie McMahon
In Memoriam: Barrie McMahon
May 17, 2017
With deep sadness, we share the news that Barrie McMahan, a leading Australian media literacy educator and pioneer, has passed away at age 77 in Perth, Australia.
Barrie has had a world-wide influence on the development and implementation of media literacy, and his generosity has particularly benefitted us in North America through his speaking, writing and counsel through the years in both Canada and the U.S.
A charming ranconteur who published a novel, Copyboy, in 2014 during his retirement, Barrie’s career began in a small country town in Australia in 1959. His experience encompassed being a classroom teacher, a media studies consultant and a curriculum manager with the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia. His one-year fellowship in England in 1972 led to his long career focus on media education, and to his subsequent work in global media literacy. Read more