Connections Newsletter Archive

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  • Publication Date:
    June, 2014

    Research that provides evidence of the effectiveness of media literacy education is so important, and yet can be so difficult to find.  In this issue, we review the literature in the field, and we offer research and resources to contextualize the issues that need to be addressed to move the field forward.  

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  • Publication Date:
    May, 2014

    We present some of the basics for integrating media literacy education into the Common Core.  And we interview teacher educator Jeff Share from the UCLA Center X Teacher Education Program (and CML alumnus), who speaks to the possibilities for shaping implementation of the standards to meet the needs of media literacy educators.  

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  • Publication Date:
    April, 2014

    We review the Supreme Court case which struck down the 2005 California law banning sale of violent video games to minors, and explain why media literacy education could have fulfilled the intentions of the law.  In our second article, we follow the progress of media literacy initiatives in the European Union, as well as problems that need to be resolved.  An in-depth look at media violence was recently published by SAGE, and the Media Literacy Research Symposium brought together media literacy advocates from around the world.    

  • Publication Date:
    March, 2014

    In this issue, we highlight the role of media literacy in the development of global awareness, and its role in education for global citizenship skills. CML introduced Smoke Detectors! Deconstructing Tobacco Use in Media. The new curriculum teaches students to deconstruct smoking incidents and recognize product placements. CML’s Tessa Jolls participated on a panel at the screening of pivot tv’s new release Eyes Wide Open.  Also, interviews with Salzburg Academy’s Paul Mihailidis and veteran media literacy advocate Jordi Torrent, who manages media literacy projects at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

  • Publication Date:
    February, 2014

    The “knowledge economy” of the 21st century has led to a rapidly expanding global market in educational services. In this issue, we report on recent developments and examine their implications for media literacy education. 

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  • Publication Date:
    January, 2014

    In Anaheim, students advocate for 21st century skills instruction.  In Boston, students learn the power and responsibility that comes with wielding a video camera. In this issue, we explore best practices in media literacy and media production programs for enhancing student empowerment.  Includes an interview with Alan Michel, Executive Director of HOME, and the 2013 Jesse McCanse Awards.  

  • Publication Date:
    November, 2013

    The Harrington School of Communication at the University of Rhode Island received the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive, a collection of documents spanning three decades of media literacy history.   Also includes an interview with Marieli Rowe and Karen Ambrosh from the NTC. 

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  • Publication Date:
    October, 2013

    We report on exciting new developments in the field, beginning with the launch of a television network dedicated to educating audiences about key media literacy issues (Participant Media/pivot tv).  Two peer-reviewed articles authored by Kathryn Martin Fingar, a researcher at the UCLA Southern California Injury Prevention Center, affirm the effectiveness of media literacy as a health promotion tool.

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  • Publication Date:
    September, 2013

    In our research section, we reveal how reality television producers mine the emotions, bodies and identities of cast members for spectacle and profit.  In our second article, we excavate the values and beliefs embedded in reality television with a close examination of American talent and makeover shows.  We also discuss lifestyle television as a laboratory for the development of democratic citizenship skills. The University of Rhode Island held a symposium on the Historical Roots of Media Literacy Education, and the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive was unveiled.   

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  • Publication Date:
    August, 2013

    We focus on the use of frameworks as tools for judgment and decision-making, and show how they embody key principles of media literacy education. We also explore the traditional use of a conceptual framework as a tool for scientific research. A longitudinal study of CML’s Beyond Blame violence prevention curriculum and its framework for structuring curricula was published in the online journal Injury Prevention. The research reinforces the need for media literacy education in schools.  

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