Media Literacy Education

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AUDIO: Media literacy hits the real world -- lessons from Boston English

What happens when a video teacher and administrator at Boston English High School start to infuse media-literacy principles in the school day? Listen to this unedited audio of a session at today's "2007 Media Literacy Conference at MIT: Creating and Learning in a Media Saturated Culture."

Despite federal law, most students unaware today is "Constitution Day"; resources

Today is Constitution Day. Three years ago a new federal law took effect requiring schools to educate all students about the Constitution and the First Amendment. But a new survey out today by Univ. of Connecticut researchers -- and funded by the Knight Foundation -- shows that a majority of America's students aren't even aware that Constitution Day exists.

Jordanian and U.S. teens produce classroom videos in cross-continent, cross-cultural exchange which includes visit to Media Gira

What happens when you give teen-agers from cultures half a world apart video cameras and ask them to collaborate? On Friday, June 30, about 10 Jordanian teen-agers and 10 teens from Vermont will display the results in a session: �Creating Digital Video for Classrooms � A Case Study� at the Media Giraffe Project summit. (CLICK ON HEADLINE TO READ MORE)

Links to some timeless articles about media literacy

Here�s a list of some timeless media literacy essays from the suspended Media Literacy Online Project at the University of Oregn. It�s former project coordinator, Gary Ferrington, ( retired in 2001 and the site is no longer maintained.

RESOURCES: NewsLab offers constant stream of tips for quality reporting

NewsLab, a non-for-profit resource for broadcast newsrooms founded by ex-CBS/CNN correspondent Deborah Potter, [PROFILE] has release the latest in a periodic series of tips for quality newsgathering and presentation. Potter's group also provides curriculum materials for media educators. ---- >

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Comcast Foundation partnered with Philadelphia schools to promote teacher training for media-literacy curriculum, building on the University of Pennsylvania's Student Voices program.

EDUCATION: Chicago non-profit publishes how-to guide for getting news on air, in print

The Chicago-based Community Media Workshop (giraffe profile), published on Sept. 27, 2005 its annual guide "Getting on the Air and Into Print," in the Midwest. The book and CD ROM is a model for how citizens can seek to have their messages conveyed through mainstream media. The book was initially $55 for nonprofits. It features 4,000 media contacts, features on understanding radio, blogs and photography. LINK TO GUIDE ORDERING

Schools can successfully cultivate an interest in civic news, says CNN-editor-turned-professor

James Romenesko at the Poynter Institute in mid-July took note of an important essay in the Wilson Quarterly by former CNN assignment editor (and now Vermont college professor) David T. Z. Mindich. In it, Mindich says the appetite for news among the young must be nurtured and promoted. Writes Mindich: "I met a group of boys in New Orleans who were very unlikely consumers of news: They were saturated with television programs and video games, they were poor, and they were in eighth grade. Yet they were all reading the New York Times online. Why? Because one of their teachers had assigned the newspaper to them to read when they were in sixth grade, and the habit stuck."

ROUNDUP: Comment on Knight study of student media consumption

A digest of articles and comments on the Knight Foundation study of students' perceptions of the media. University of Connecticut researchers did the work. The overall conclusion: Teen-agers lack basic understanding of First Amendment and free press principles and values -- because they aren't being taught them.
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