2017 Kick Off Event


Media Literacy Week Kick Off Event
Monday, November 6 – 8:15am – 3:30pm
Thomson Reuters –  3 Times Square, NY, NY 10036

To kick off the 3rd annual U.S. Media Literacy Week, Reuters and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) are bringing together journalists, pre-K to grade-12 educators, higher education professors, and researchers to discuss journalism and media literacy in today’s world. Conversations will explore the challenges journalists and educators face in the ever-growing information landscape, how journalists and educators can work together to move beyond the “fake news” discussion and what students need to understand to participate as an active citizen in modern society.

Video of opening panel can be accessed here.

Bios for all speakers can be found here.  





Opening Remarks:

  • Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
  • Steve Adler, Reuters President and Editor-in- Chief



Trust, Truth and the Future of Journalism 

In a discussion centered on the future of journal- ism, panelists will discuss the issue of trust, how organizations are adapting to new consumption habits and how educators can help prepare their students for today’s media environment.

Moderator Kyle Pope, Columbia Journalism Review 

Confirmed Participants:

Stephen Adler, Reuters

Sheryl Huggins Salomon, The Root

Ryan McCarthy, Vice News

Brian Stelter, CNN



10:15 am

Teach the Conspiracies: Media Literacy in Practice
Conspiracy theories are nothing new, but with the flow of information coming fast and furiously, it is harder to determine what conspiracies have validity. Dr. Hobbs will lead this provocative workshop using search engine auto complete conspiracy theory as a focal point. 

Renee Hobbs, University of Rhode Island


Fact vs. Fiction

Reuters journalist Blake Morrison will lead an interactive presentation based on his investigative reporting on Jack Kelley, former USA Today reporter. Play investigative reporter and scrutinize a dramatic news account. Is it true? Or is it fiction? And most important, how do you decide?

11:45 am

What’s your take? A group discussion. 

Belinha De Abreu, Media Literacy Educator and Scholar, and Professor Katherine Fry, Chair of TV/Radio Department at Brooklyn College will lead a discussion with attendees regarding their thoughts on the topics from earlier sessions.



A buffet lunch will be served and attendees are welcome to explore interactive stations showcasing Reuters VR content, Reuters Tracer and Reuters TV.


The Future is Today: Innovation in Education and Journalism

Panelists will explore innovative practices in the classroom and the newsroom with first hand accounts from those involved. 


Julie Menin, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

Confirmed participants:

Sarah Bartlett, Dean of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Reg Chua, Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation at Thomson Reuters

Pamela Williamson, NYC iSchool Student

Janine Werner, World Journalism Prep School



Students and Journalists Q&A

Kyle Pope, CJR Editor-in Chief and Dan Colarusso, Executive Editor, Reuters Digital will lead breakout sessions, to offer perspectives on the media environment and answer questions about their careers in journalism.


Case Studies in News Literacy and Politics in the Classroom

Damaso Reyes, News Literacy Project, Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement and Barbara McCormack, Vice President, Education, Newseum will present case studies on news literacy and how to facilitate political discussions in the classroom.



Final Words

Space is limited. Please contact us at medialiteracyweek@namle.net if you are interested in attending.