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What is Media Literacy and How Should We Teach it?

An example:  Last fall (2017), California State University/Northridge partnered with the Center for Media Literacy in a media literacy/community engagement program through a journalism class, focused on diversity, that taught students media literacy basics while calling them to activism regarding diversity and media representations.  Students learned media literacy basics while using various forms of social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter; they created videos that were uploaded to Vimeo and YouTube; they held news forums on campus and participated in a pop-up newsroom.  They learned by doing and through doing, but their work was informed by an understanding of their relationship with media, through media literacy. Most students reported that they had never had a media literacy lesson prior to participating in the class, which is a real-time commentary on the state of media literacy education today.


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