2017 Events & Highlights

Syracuse University – S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

What does media literacy mean to you? A message from Charisse L’Pree, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Communications

“We want our graduates to be literate about the content that they consume as well as the content that they create in order to understand how they impact others. It is a unique privilege to work as a media creator, and understanding this privilege begins with our educators. I reached out to the faculty associated with our Communications department and posed a simple question, “What does media literacy mean to you?” My goal in asking this question was about getting more than just the textbook definition, but rather how professors interpret the term media literacy and how it applies to their teaching methodology and classroom experience.” See answers below.


Our partners at California State University, Northridge, led by Dr. Bobbie Eisenstock are creating opportunities on their campus that everyone around the country can support and replicate. Check them out.

Media Literacy Week Pop Up Newsroom

We live in a hyper-connected world that can divide us rather than unite us. During National Media Literacy Week 2017, students in the Journalism Department at California State University, Northridge will create an innovative virtual news cooperative to harness the positive power of media to promote inclusiveness, engage underrepresented voices, and connect diverse communities.

It’s easy to join the Pop-up Newsroom. All you have to do is cover your media literacy event like a journalist and tweet, post and share on social media using both hashtags #MediaLitWk and #BeMediaLit. Don’t have any events planned? No problem. Check out your school or community calendar to find the schedule of events for November 6-10 — speakers, exhibits, performances, and screenings. Find one that relates to the theme of inclusiveness and shareon Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Don’t forget to use both hashtags!

Everyone who participates will help spread media and information literacy by collaborating with students and colleagues around the world to extend the reach of Media Literacy Week activities and events nationally and internationally.

Check out all the details here. These are examples of LA-based events during Media Literacy Week that will be covered. Skirball Museum: ExhibitSurface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in L.A.https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/surface-tension-ken-gonzales-dayAnnenberg Space for Photography: ExhibitCuba Ishttps://www.annenbergphotospace.org/exhibits/cuba-isPacific Standard Time: LA/LA | Latin American & Latino Art in LAUniversity Art Galleries at California State University, NorthridgeThe Great Wall of Los Angeles: Judy Baca’s Experimentations in Collaboration and Concretehttp://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art-galleries/events/great-wall-los-angeles-judith-f-baca%E2%80%99sFowler Museum at LA: Exhibit Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metrolopishttp://www.pacificstandardtime.org/en/exhibitions/exhibit/view/power-of-art-in-an-afro-brazilian-metropolis​ ​More Pacific Standard Events:http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/Hammer Museum: Exhibit Radical Women: Latin American Art: 1960-1985http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/en/exhibitions/exhibit/view/radical-women-latin-american-art-1960-to-1985

Facebook Challenge

The Department of Journalism at California State University, Northridge in collaboration with The Center for Media Literacy (CML) and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) invite students, educators, health practitioners, and media professionals to participate in a Media Literacy Facebook Challenge. Every day during National Media Literacy Week, CML and NEDA will post a new image or video clip on their Facebook pages to test your media literacy skills. Analyze the message and discuss its purpose, framing and meaning, how different people might interpret the message, and consider its authenticity and the tactics used to achieve its goal. After you post, talk about it on social media and use #MediaLitWk to spread media literacy.

CML will highlight diversity issues and NEDA will promote body positivity.

Participate in one or both or create your own Facebook Challenge for your group.

CML Facebook Challenge @  https://www.facebook.com/Center-for-Media-Literacy-368110316726794/

NEDA Facebook Challenge @ https://www.facebook.com/NationalEatingDisordersAssociation/

Newspaper Salons

During Media Literacy Week, put down your digital device and pick up a newspaper to discuss and debate current issues with your friends. Organize newspaper salons in public spaces at your school – the food court, study areas, where you hang out between classes – to exchange ideas about politics, culture, and the arts. All you need is a newspaper, a group of friends, and a moderator to facilitate the conversation. Invite classmates at adjoining tables or a passerby to join the dialogue. Ask your local newspaper to donate newspapers or bring your own copy of a local or national newspaper and your school newspaper. Take photos and videos and post on social media #MediaLitWk and #BeMediaLit.

News Literacy Challenge

New York Times Learning Network

This is a six week challenge (Nov. 2-Dec. 22) that will invite students to analyze their personal relationships with news — however they define and consume it — then produce creative visual or written reflections about what they discover. Details and a related lesson plan to publish on Nov. 2.

Twitter: @nytimeslearning; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nytimeslearning/

Connect Students to Learn about Fake News with PenPals around the World!

Studies have shown that 82% of middle school students can’t distinguish between real and fake news! One of PenPal Schools’ most popular projects, Facts, Opinion, and Fake News, addresses this problem by connecting students from around the world to learn and share perspectives on the issue. This four-week project includes videos, texts, and discussion questions and is open to students ages 12 and up. Teachers must enroll and add their students before the project start date, November 13, in order for students to be matched with PenPals. Teachers can enroll for free at www.penpalschools.com. About PenPal Schools PenPal Schools connects students from 144 countries to learn together through collaborative online projects. Students ages 7 and up learn about topics ranging from human rights and environmental sustainability to robotics and literature, all while practicing essential reading, writing, digital literacy, and social-emotional skills. PenPal Schools was recognized by President Obama as one of the world’s leading social enterprises. Check out this amazing map of participating classrooms around the world and learn more with this short tutorial video and at www.penpalschools.com.

Media Literacy Fact of the Day

Thurston High School 26255 Schoolcraft Road Redford, MI 48239 Our morning announcements program will broadcast a daily ML fact of the day. We will also encourage students to use the ML Hashtags in their social media posts.

 Media Literacy Student Challenge: Explore Your Relationship With News

NYT Learning Network


An online contest for teenagers anywhere in the world that invites them to analyze their personal relationships with news — however they define and consume it — then produce creative visual or written reflections about what they discover. Nov. 2- Dec. 22, 2017.

Twitter: @nytimeslearning