Thursday, November 3

Media Literacy Week 2016 officially launches on Tuesday, September 6. This section will be updated on a regular basis as information is flowing in each and every day. Continue to check back for events and activities updates.

“We the Voters” Political Party

Montclair State University

4:00 PM EDT

Montclair, NJ

The “political party” will showcase at least two of the films: “Mediocracy” and “How to Master Debate” that offer a critical media literate approach to politics. Dr. Vanessa Domine, Professor of Communication and Media, will moderate an interactive discussion among faculty and undergraduate communication majors. The event is a collaborative effort between the Montcair State University School of Communication and Media, the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and Big Picture Educational.

TV Production Sequence Workshop

Central Connecticut State University

6:00 PM EDT

New Britain, CT

TV Production students will be asked to think critically about the media consumption habits of themselves and their peers. Participants will brainstorm and then produce a one minute PSA at the CCSU TV studio.

YouthLearn Celebrates Media Literacy Week

Education Development Center

Chicago, IL

Throughout Media Literacy Week, the YouthLearn initiative at the Education Development Center will lead an outreach campaign to promote media literacy. The YouthLearn team has been working for over 15 years on youth media programs geared at training informal and formal educators. Our website hosts a collection of resources and stories from the field on all aspects of youth media, including media literacy. Our outreach campaign will feature interviews with educators on the role of and importance of media literacy, as well as the promotion of curriculum and resources for educators looking to incorporate media literacy into their teaching practice.

Telling Stories with Group Portraits

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

Throughout Media Literacy Week, the Reich College of Education will bring attention to critical issues related to media, culture, and the creative mind through a number of course-based events, such as critical conversations related to literacy and liberty, the affect of production effects, and value of creative media-making. On November 3, Jamille Wallick’s class on Photography and Digital Imaging will discuss how to tell stories with group portraits.

Sounds of the Mind: Audio Production and the Mental Landscape

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

Throughout Media Literacy Week, the Reich College of Education will bring attention to critical issues related to media, culture, and the creative mind through a number of course-based events, such as critical conversations related to literacy and liberty, the affect of production effects, and value of creative media-making. On November 1 and 3, Jeff Goodman’s class on Introduction to Sight and Sound will discuss means of audio production.

Education License Discounts on Media Literacy Curriculum Materials

The Representation Project

Ross, CA

In celebration of Media Literacy Week, please enjoy a 25% discount on educational licenses for Miss Representation (a documentary focused on media literacy and under-representation of women in positions of power and influence) and other accompanying curriculum for K-12th grade and universities. The discount code MEDIALIT2016 is active through the end of the year.

Action for Media Education Celebration

Action for Media Education

5:30 PM PDT

Seattle, WA

Action for Media Education will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a reception for members and friends of media literacy. Members also plan to launch their new Voices for Media Literacy Project during this special event. Watch for details about this new project on the Action for Media Education website.

#xomg Social Media Campaign!


Brookline, MA

#xomg is a fun and easy campaign that allows anyone with social media to strike back against the mass media’s message that insists a girl’s self-worth depends on how “hot” and skinny she can be. It’s also a chance to celebrate inspiring “feel-good” content. The “x” is for “no way;” the “o” is for “circle-worthy because you love it;” and the “mg” is for “MEDIAGIRLS,” so we can find each others’ posts.

GiveMe5 Media Teachers Lab

University of Rhode Island

4:00 PM EDT

Kingston, RI

The GiveMe5 Media Teachers Lab is a time for film/media educators, education-focused librarians, and others developing programs to come together and share ideas, challenges and solutions with colleagues.  Whether you’re experienced, new to the work, or somewhere in between, the “open space” style of this event makes a place for you.

The “open space” format: Our facilitators will each spend a few minutes describing their areas of expertise and related topics, and you will then be free to join the discussion(s) you feel will be most helpful for you. You may move among discussions. Topics will be based on our pre-event survey and are expected to include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • creating or revising curriculum;
  • gaining knowledge about editing choices;
  • buying and using basic equipment;
  • exploring possibilities with high-end equipment;
  • learning to use a new on-line film education resource;
  • making a case for a media education program.

If you are inspired to facilitate a discussion on your own topic, “open space” allows for that as well.

“My Favorite Movie” with Susan Fadem

Gateway Media Literacy Partners

7:00 PM CDT

St. Louis, MO

Join Gateway Media Literacy Partners at The Stage for KDHX  for “My Favorite Movie” night with Susan Fadem, featuring the film Avalon. Come to enjoy the film (popcorn and candy will be provided) and stay for the drinks and discussion with Susan Fadem after the viewing. This is event is $10 for GMLP members, $20 for non-members. All proceeds from ticket sales will go toward funding future media literacy programs in the St. Louis region.

Behind the Scenes with KQED Teach for Media Literacy Week


3:30 PM PDT

San Francisco, CA

In celebration of Media Literacy Week, KQED is hosting an online meet and greet to explore our new online professional learning platform for educators, KQED Teach, hosted by the KQED Teach team. On Thursday, November 3 at 3:30 PST/ 6:30 EST, drop by, meet the team behind KQED Teach, and explore how you can learn digital media literacy skills to bring to the classroom.

Teaching Ethical Digital Storytelling

Loyola University Chicago

6:00 PM CDT

Chicago, IL

Join us for a discussion on Teaching Ethical Digital Storytelling, featuring Jeff McCarter from Free Spirit Media, Michael Cullinane and Adnan Hadzalic from Senn High School, and John Slania from Loyola University Chicago. Panel to be moderated by Katy Culver, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Event to be held in Regents Hall, 16th Floor — Lewis Towers.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Northwest Vista College

2:00 PM CDT

San Antonio, TX

NVC Media Awareness Week presents a screening of documentary film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. Join us for the film and a panel discussion with Hip Hop artist MC Red Cloud and NVC faculty in a discussion examining issues of masculinity, sexism, race, and violence within the media and hip-hop culture.

National Eating Disorders Association  (NEDA) and Proud2Bme USA
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)’s youth outreach community at California State University, Northridge — Proud2Bme_CSUN (a community engagement project in the Journalism Department) — invites students, educators, health practitioners, and media professionals to participate in our second annual Facebook Challenge. Teens and young adults are often targeted with deceptive media imagery, and we’re encouraging them to take an active role in highlighting the meaning behind the message. Every day during National Media Literacy Week, we will post a new media image on the Proud2Bme Facebook page for you to analyze the image’s message and discuss its purpose, underlying meaning, how different people might interpret the message, and consider the tactics used to achieve its goal. After you post at, talk about it on social media: #MediaLitWk @MediaLiteracyED #Proud2Bme @Proud2BmeUS

A Media Literacy Week SHOUTOUT to Alicia Keys

Join our Celebrity SHOUTOUT to Alicia Keys for advocating no make-up to uncover her authentic self. Sick of the public’s ideal standard of female beauty and “how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny or sexy or desirable or perfect,” she said, “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”
Celebrities are a face of the media culture and play a key role in setting standards of attractiveness. When they speak out against these ideal standards of perfection, we need to support them and advocate for body positivity. Check out the Get REAL! Digital and Media Literacy Toolkit for more ways to SHOUTOUT. @aliciakeys #MediaLitWk @MediaLiteracyED @Proud2BmeUS

Music and Media Streaming Open House

Oviatt Library
12:00 PM PDT
Northridge, CA
In honor of Media Literacy Week, Oviatt Library invites faculty and staff to an Open House on the 2nd Floor, East Wing to learn about streaming media content available for teaching and research. Find out how to identify titles, search new databases, and embed resources in Moodle. Librarians, along with Music & Media staff members, will be on hand to help and answer questions.

Musical Performance Celebrating Media Literacy

Acasola, CSUN’s premiere a capella group
12:15 PM PDT
Northridge, CA

Acasola will celebrate National Media Literacy Week in its weekly campus performance. Join us in the Sierra Tower.

Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project
4:00 PM CDT

The shooting of Michael Brown and the protests that followed became a flashpoint for the discussion about race, policing, and justice. Using the information aftermath of Ferguson and a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this webinar, as a part of NAMLE’s Media Literacy Week, will introduce Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age. The resource examines how implicit biases shape our understanding of the world and how news literacy skills and concepts can help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and become effective civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.

Screening: This is Media

Norfolk Community Television

6:30 PM EDT

Norfolk, MA

This year, NCTV will be hosting two sessions of walk-in tech help, starting a new technology class at the local senior center, hosting a media literacy workshop, and screening This is Media at our studio. We’re so excited to participate in Media Literacy Week again this year!

PBS NewsHour Extra
“Decoding Media Bias” lesson plan and video helps students to discuss how they get their news and the role of media bias. Students will examine how different news outlets report on the same topic and tweet ways in which they have seen media bias using the Twitter handle #DecodingMediaBias
Center for Media Literacy (CML)
Commit2MediaLit! will feature video interviews that capture the excitement and importance of media literacy on the Center for Media Literacy’s YouTube Channel throughout Media Literacy Week. These videos will feature attendees from international MIL meetings in Rome, Sao Paulo, and San Francisco, including U.S. College students taught by Dr. Natasha Casey and Mr. Spencer Brayton at Blackburn College. High school students and college students from Brooklyn College taught by Dr. Belinha De Abreu will also be featured.

50 State Dinner Party: Food the Feeds the Soul

Portland Community Media and Hollywood Theatre
6:00 PM PDT
Portland, OR
Portland, OR students of the Echo Air Teen Digital Artist in Residency program of Portland Community Media and Hollywood Theatre are coming together to celebrate Media Literacy Week by hosting a 50 State Dinner Party.  This dinner’s theme is Food that Feeds the Soul, where guests are encouraged to bring a food item to them that is significant to their upbringings.  Dinner activities will include a “graffiti” wall exploring “What is trending? vs. What should be trending?,” and a Media Mash Up Stop Motion Animation Pop Up with a live video projection of guest’s interactive animations.

Media Literacy Week Initiatives

Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC)
Pleasantville, NY

We are hosting two week-long initiatives:

  • A special trailer will be playing in our JBFC Theater in front of approximately 50 screenings of first-run films in our 250-seat theater. The trailer will highlight Media Literacy Week and the JBFC’s Visual Glossary.
  • We are also featuring a special View Now Do Now on the JBFC’s website.
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Cambridge, MA

Every day during Media Literacy Week, the Youth and Media (YaM) team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University will be on Twitter and Facebook to share tips, topics for discussion, and more from our digital literacy and related resources about online safety, privacy, creative expression, and information quality that can help you navigate connected learning environments and the digital world. Please join in at @YouthandMedia and

Screening: We the Voters

San Francisco Film Society School
10:00 AM PDT
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Film Society will screen 10-15 short films from We the Voters for students, grades 8-12, plus Q&A with Glynn Washington from MediaOcracy. School partners only.

Screening: We the Voters

Ohio University

10:00 AM EDT
Athens, OH

On-campus screening and discussion of select We the Voters films. This event is free and open to the public.

We The Voters is an anthology of 20 short films (a mix of documentary, narrative, and animation) that focus on nonpartisan issues related to voting, democracy, elections, and US governance.

Screening: We the Voters


6:30 PM EDT
San Francisco, CA

Presenting a selection of We The Voters short films & discussion led by Brigade CEO, Matt Mahan. Free and open to all ages.

We The Voters is an anthology of 20 short films (a mix of documentary, narrative, and animation) that focus on nonpartisan issues related to voting, democracy, elections, and US governance.