Are you concerned about a generation of youth who aren't paying attention to the news? Find out about at least a half-dozen initiatives in American classrooms to do something about it -- at a one-day Media/News Literacy symposium at MIT, in Cambridge, on Saturday, Oct. 24. For details of a key breakout session on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., go to: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/wiki/index.php/Mit-media-literacy-jouranalism
UConn's Neag School of Education hosts its 6th annual Northeast Media Literacy Conference April 11 2008. The event will see discussions from "an unusually diverse group of innovative leaders and topics in the study of the mass media and its great impact upon today’s young people and their thinking, priorities, decisions, actions, and their values."
In addition to keynote speaches from cultural anthropologist Dr. Michael Wesch and author Anatasia Goodstein, the event offers "twenty timely workshops based on key media literacy related areas – The Role of Today’s Advancing Technology, Mass Media’s Depiction of Today’s Culture and Values, Philosophy and Theory, Standards and Curriculum, Classroom Activities, Research and Evaluation, Teacher Education, and Media Production."
Effective democracy requires equipping with citizens with information, including news, sufficient to make informed decisions at the ballot box and in civic affairs.
The NENF proposes to study the state of "media literacy" curricula in New England middle- and high-schools, then develop new ways for the region's media to engage with schools and students. View a concept draft.
Develop a web-based consumer guide to using and contributing to the news -- in collaboration with regional newspaper, broadcast and journalism organizations and academic departments.
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