Global Media Issues

Fair Use and Media Literacy

This issue of “Connections” focuses on fair use of copyrighted works because it is an issue integral to the practice of media literacy education.  Two articles draw from documents produced by media and legal scholars: “The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy Educators” and a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Educators.” 

Digital Britain

The British Government releases an ambitious new plan for its media and communications industries, including a national plan for media literacy education.  Also, the British Office of Communications audit entitled Digital Lifestyles.

Citizen Journalism

The widespread availability of new media has generally encouraged the view that anyone can practice citizen journalism with relative ease.  But without learning the digital citizenship skills which media literacy training provides, citizen journalists may be as likely to engage in self-censorship as they are to incur legal liability for the content they publish. Also introduces Center for News Literacy.  

Participation in What?

Last month’s discussion between Tessa Jolls (CML) and Henry Jenkins (USC) focused on What’s in a name? Now, the conversation turns to preparing students for a participatory culture, but what does that mean? This issue tackles Participation in What? We’re all in agreement that students need media literacy education to participate fully in our global media environment but there are a variety of opinions about the tools and methods for making this a reality.  

Media Literacy Policy and Education

We review the Supreme Court case which struck down the 2005 California law banning sale of violent video games to minors, and explain why media literacy education could have fulfilled the intentions of the law.  In our second article, we follow the progress of media literacy initiatives in the European Union, as well as problems that need to be resolved.  An in-depth look at media violence was recently published by SAGE, and the Media Literacy Research Symposium brought together media literacy advocates from around the world.    

Media Literacy and 21st Century Skills

In this issue, we demonstrate how skills are embedded in media literacy curriculum, and show how recent political and policy developments could make skills an integral component of American school curricula. The 2010 National Educational Technology Plan released by the Department of Education last month predicts that personalized learning systems will revolutionize teaching and learning in American schools.  The 2010 National Educational Technology Plan released by the Department of Education.

A Year in Review 2014

It's been a busy year for just about everyone involved in media literacy education. Our year-end review of media literacy activity indicates there is a lot happening abroad as well as good discussion taking place here at home. Issue includes Ofcom and the status of the EU member states.

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