Artifacts from Media Literacy Week/Los Angeles

Nov 19, 2015, 13:30 ET from Center for Media Literacy

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A cache of artifacts useful for K-12 teachers, university academics, librarians, and community leaders mark the completion of the first US Media Literacy Week in Los Angeles, which was held November 2-6, 2015. Events throughout the week highlighted the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today; The Center for Media Literacy (CML) joined advocates throughout Los Angeles and across the country.

President and CEO, Center for Media Literacy (CML), Tessa Jolls explained, "Not only did Media Literacy Week call attention to the importance of media literacy 'in the moment,' but celebrations by highly respected Los Angeles organizations have contributed to the development of useful materials that can be easily accessed all year long. These materials address the fact that we live in a global media environment that requires critical thinking skills to help us make wise decisions as we participate with, and wade through, the abundance of information. Citizens need the skills to discern, and media literacy provides these skills."

Now available on video, CML convened a panel of thought leaders to address the state of media literacy in Los Angeles. The panel was moderated by Variety journalist Brian Lowry, with Liebe Geft, Director, Museum of Tolerance (MOT); Mark Slavkin, Director of Education, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; and Jolls. The full discussion is posted on CML's YouTube Channel in four segments addressing: Representation and the Power of Words and Images; Democratization and Critical Thinking Skills; Responsibility and Ethics in Media, and Community Connections for Media Literacy.

Other LA organizations who participated in Media Literacy Week include: the Japanese American National Museum, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, the University of Southern California, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, AnimAction, Inc., CyberWise, Variety, Westside Neighborhood School, and the Korea Press Foundation.

CML hosted a visiting delegation of educators sponsored by the Korea Press Foundation. The visitors spent three days with Jolls for professional development training in media literacy concepts, then observed a fifth grade classroom at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts in Los Angeles. The delegation toured the Museum of Tolerance and the Japanese American National Museum before returning to Seoul, Korea.

For more information about the events of Media Literacy Week/Los Angeles, please visit CML on Facebook, go to our website, or contact NAMLE for national updates.


SOURCE Center for Media Literacy