California Legislation Pending - Act Now!

Making Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy a Reality in California
By: The Center for Media Literacy and Common Sense Kids Action

California is in a pivotal moment for teachers, parents and students to help set a global standard for teaching and learning.  Two key bills to promote digital citizenship and media literacy in California schools have passed in the state legislature and are headed to the Governor’s desk--and he needs to hear your voice!  Waiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature are two bills that have cleared legislative hurdles after a multi-year campaign conducted by California State Senators Bill Dodd (Napa) and Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara).  Through SB 947 and SB 830, all California school children can begin to acquire the critical thinking skills needed to discern fact from fiction and news from entertainment, as well as the skills they need to be active, informed citizens living in a media-driven world.  Read more


Student-Made Media Fake Off! Update

All episodes now available! Graduate student Jason Handin with comedian Jeremy Briggs bring you Fake Off!  A series of humorous game-show-trivia episodes highlighting the Five Key Questions and Core Concepts for media literacy created for a college-aged audience (18+).  This is Handin's final project for his Master's degree in Mass Communications/Journalism from California State University, Northridge.   Watch them on CML's YouTube Channel here.  We continue to highlight student-made media on our website.  Find additional projects here

Media Literacy Infographics!

CML is creating a series of infographics to illustrate the Key Questions and Core Concepts of Media Literacy.  We will regularly add to this collection for use by educators, parents, and advocates.  Share with your friends!

Data Representation and Media Literacy

May issue of Connections: Data Representation and Media Literacy. Includes interviews with leaders from data-centric organizations and reveals the need for media literacy skills to understand and evaluate quantitative information.  Read it here!

CARPÉ LA Los Angeles Play Test - May 13th

May 13, 2018. CARPÉ LA features a unique opportunity to play test CARPÉ, a new Augmented Reality and SMART Kit game from Reilly Works. During each 90-minute session players will test the mini-game, offer some feedback on the experience, and enjoy playing together on the beautiful South Lawn of the Autry Museum.  For more information contact: Erin Reilly at Reillyworks ( 

Bots, Terrorism, and Media Literacy

Our 100th issue of Connections is now available featuring interviews with Dr. Philip Seib, Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, and author of As Terrorism Evolves: Media, Religion, and Governence, and Adam Badawy, PhD student in Computational Social Sciences studying malicious behavior on social media. Read it here.

Community Engagement/Service Learning

CML was pleased to work with Dr. Bobbie Eisenstock's undergraduate journalism/diversity students at California State University, Northridge in fall 2017.  At post-test, 78% of these students reported that they didn’t learn about media literacy until their college class. This number reveals how little opportunity students had to engage with media literacy concepts in their K-12 experience. The students created service learning projects as part of their classwork and we share a few of the projects along with assignments completed during the semester here

March Issue - Redefining School Communities

In this issue of Connections, we discuss schools as online and offline communities, and how media literacy skills can empower students to actively and responsibly address the difficult topics and risks of our day. We share front-line insights from National School Walkout Day, with a case study on media literacy in action. We also explore how to help students understand their own part in communities, with parent involvement. Includes interviews with Rose Pierre-Louis of Connecticut Public’s Thinkalong program, and Mary Ann Sund of Lersun Development.