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NAMLE is pleased to announce our upcoming conference on July 12-13, 2013 in Los Angeles! The theme: “Intersections: Teaching and Learning Across Media.”

Dedicated to bringing together a broad array of stakeholders in media literacy education, NAMLE chose this theme due to our interest in crossing traditionally held boundaries to connect elements of our society in new and productive ways. At the 2013 Conference, you will move across cultures, examining how media education happens in contexts very different from your own. You will meet with practitioners across a variety of disciplines, enriching your own perspective. You will see how other educators work across different modalities, appealing to many kinds of learners. And you will experience media across many genres, exploring how the need for media literacy is expanding into ever more facets of our daily lives. [learn more]





NAMLE Seeks Executive Director 

As NAMLE continues to grow organizationally, we are seeking a part-time Executive Director (approximately 20 hours per week).  This is a “virtual” position. The Executive Director may be located anywhere within the United States and must be available to attend the NAMLE conference (July 11-13, 2013) and the NAMLE Board retreat (January 11-13, 2013).

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VARIETY calls Miss Representation-an admirable work of media literacy education 

Variety describes Miss Representation as “An admirable work of media literacy education…”  The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, aired on OWN, and now is available on DVD.

Mainstream media continues to generate limited, distorted and often disparaging images of girls and women. These images continue to shape girls and women, as well as boys and men, in very real ways.

The documentary Miss Representation, explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.  [learn more]










ore Publishing Opportunities


Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Media Literacy Education 
Volume 4, Issue 2
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2012

The Journal of Media Literacy Education is an online interdisciplinary journal that supports the development of research, scholarship and the pedagogy of media literacy education. The journal provides a forum for established and emerging scholars, media professionals and educational practitioners in and out of schools.  As an extended conceptualization of literacy, media literacy education helps individuals of all ages develop habits of inquiry and skills of expression needed to become critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in a world where mass media, popular culture and digital technologies play an important role for individuals and society. We accept both scholarly articles about media literacy education from researchers and voices from the field essays from practitioners. For more information, including submission guidelines, go to or send an email to[email protected].  [learn more]


Call for Papers: CFP Journal Issue on Creative Technologies

The following is a call for papers from the CFP Journal Issue on Creative Technologies. Editors: Nelson Zagalo and Pedro Branco

We’re pleased to announce an upcoming issue of the Journal of Communication and Society dedicated to the new domain of Creative Technologies.
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Screen Education Magazine Call for Papers  Screen Education magazine is looking for industry practitioners, teachers, academics and experienced feature writers with a proven background in film/television/media. We also wish to hear from anyone who has their own proposals for articles as well as academics seeking to publish papers (the magazine is partially refereed). We are always looking for new contributors and welcome unsolicited submissions or article proposals.

If you wish to contribute, please contact Nick Tapper at[email protected]. In your email, please include a pitch for the relevant article and outline any relevant experience you may have in relation to the topic. If you are a new contributor, please include a brief bio (1-5 lines) and a writing sample. (Due to a high number of responses, there may be a delay before we are able to respond to your proposal/submission.)

Pay rates and submission guidelines are available on our website:

Copy deadlines for the next three issues are:
Screen Education 67 (July issue): 18 May 2012
Screen Education 68 (October issue): 9 August 2012


Mark Your Calendars 


MEDUCON Austin to be Held from June 8th – 10th

Conference objectives:

  • Learn and understand ways of enhancing the positive influence of media & communication technology to develop positive thoughts and actions; enabling character education
  • Promote effective use of media & communication technology in imparting education
  • Encourage the integration of human values in media and education
  • Empower participants to create stress free and violence free environments that enhance and nurture learning and promote holistic development of children and youth. Learn and understand the importance of emotional and social intelligence in developing successful leadership traits.


  • Dr. Mary Beth Oliver, Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of Media Effects Research Lab, Pennsylvania State University
  • David Kleeman, President, American Center for Children and Media, Chicago
  • Dr. Michon Benson, Principal, WALIPP Preparatory Academy, Houston
  • Dr. Leonard Moore, Professor and Associate Vice-President for Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas-Austin
  • Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian, Assistant Professor and Director of Communication Research Lab, Texas A&M University
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2012 Salzburg Academy 

Dates: July 22 – August 11

Where: The famous Schloss Leopoldskron (from the Sound of Music), Salzburg, Austria

What: The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change is a multi-dimensional initiative that provides curricular materials, training and support for schools, programs and classrooms across the world. The Academy annually gathers over 50 students from 20 countries to explore how media are helping bridget cultures and citizens from across borders and across divides. Students travel throughout the region, engage with the Salzburg music festival, and work together in what is the only program devoted entirely to the pursuit of global media literacy.  For more information, please



NCTE Media Literacy Awards – Call for Nominations   The seventh annual NCTE Media Literacy Award will be presented at the NCTE Annual Convention in Las Vegas.  Deadline for submitting the application for the 2012 award is June 30th, 2012. The award winner will be notified by the end of August and will receive a plaque along with a cash award of $2,000.  [learn more] 



“Our school is trying to enhance our use of  technology within the classroom so that our students have multiple ways of learning; being hands-on with technology definitely has its benefits! I try to infuse technology into my classes, especially History, so that the students can not only be engaged, but to help them visualize and understand the concepts more readily. In History class specifically, we have a focus on current events. With the upcoming presidential election, the media has demonstrated that there are many types of media bias, and that many media outlets have some form of liberal (ex: MSNBC) or conservative (ex: Fox News) bias. My high-school students have been exposed to various types of media, and they have identified whether or not there is a clear bias, whether it would persuade viewers to think a certain way, and which voter demographic would be more open to viewing/listening to certain stations. For those students who have not been aware of these biases in the past, they are now more cognizant of this, actively making choices about which media outlets they will use as actual news sources, compared with those they take less seriously.” [learn more]


– Jaclyn Kahn 

Focus and History teacher at Winston Preparatory School, a private school for students (grades 6-12) with Learning Disabilities