Navigating the media and information landscape of crowdfunded projects requires skills possessed by media literate consumers and producers. This issue examines the roles and motivations for crowdfunding as well as the social and political uses.
This issues examines the role of journalism in society and how the role is changing. Includes articles on Post-Industrial Journalism and Journalism and Public Participation in Democratic Discourse.
This issue explores the classroom and library activities of media literacy-oriented schools with information and interviews from the teachers and librarians themselves.
This issue offers a wide variety of resources for parents and educators interested in media literacy for early childhood education. We follow a team of library researchers who discover that the accessible information technologies are helpful but not sufficient to spur early literacy development, whereas parental involvement is crucial if young children are to acquire early literacy skills. We also review the research on the quality of literacy-focused applications for young children on the market today.
Active participation by citizens. Local community engagement. Expanding media access to all. Empowerment through education. Tackling tough issues in communities. Freedom of speech. Storytelling. Citizen journalism. Understanding media and how it operates. Where do all of these important undertakings – essential to media literacy -- happen? In community media centers around the U.S. and the world. In this issue we provide two case examples of community media centers and their commitment to media literacy education: one in Dublin, Ireland and one in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Since few adults in any part of the world grew up learning media literacy concepts or indeed, even knew the words “media literacy,” there is a large gap in understanding about what media literacy is and why it is important. As digital media prevails more and more in most adults’ lives, the imperative for media literacy has become more urgent, and there is more recognition of the need for media literacy education. Includes reports from Australia, UK, and US.
Media literacy is now recognized as a skill-set that should be at the center of education today – but change management continues to be needed to realize this vision. John Kotter, a professor at Harvard Business School and a change management expert, introduced a series of eight steps – considered classics -- in his 1995 book, “Leading Change.” New media tools can amplify these steps towards faster adoption of new ideas and processes. Includes an interview with leaders of NAMLE.
In 2006 Henry Jenkins published a white paper identifying the challenges and opportunities for media literacy in our 21st century media culture. Since then, new ideas, new technologies, and new names have emerged bringing with them misunderstandings and rifts among educators. It’s time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we are now.
In our first article, two prominent rhetoricians explain the differences between propaganda and persuasive discourse that stimulates engaged citizenship. Next, we review the premise of Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky's landmark Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, and, with some assistance from media literacy scholar Renee Hobbs, we discuss responses to forms of propaganda which are more pervasive and indirect.