Just Published in Pediatrics

"Developing Digital and Media Literacies in Children and Adolescents," by Kristen Hawley Turner, Tessa Jolls, Michelle Schira Hagerman, William O'Byrne, Troy Hicks, Bobbie Eisenstock and Kristine E. Pytash, Pediatrics 2017.  Learning environments no longer depend on seat time in factory-like school settings. Learning happens anywhere, anytime, and productivity in the workplace depends on digital and media literacy. To create the human capital necessary for success and sustainability in a technology-driven world, we must invest in the literacy practices of our youth.  This article makes recommendations for research and policy priorities.

It's National Media Literacy Week!

Participate! Follow our Facebook page to test your skills throughout the week. We are joining with journalism students from CSUN to deconstruct media messages throughout the week of November 6 - 10, 2017.


For Immediate Release - Call for Funding Children and Screen Time


PEDIATRICS Journal Releases First-Ever Supplement Dedicated to Effects of Digital Media on Children 
Washington, DC: As the iPhone turns 10, screen time-and lots of it-has changed reality for today's kids, and even babies. Teens (ages 13-18) spend an average of 9 hours each day on entertainment media use, excluding time spent at school or for homework, and tweens (ages 8-12) spend just under 6 hours per day. Even a majority of toddlers spend more than an hour each day in front of a digital screen. Yet despite its omnipresence, digital media's effects on childhood development, including cognitive, psychological, social, behavioral and physical developmental impacts, remain largely unknown. Parents today navigate unchartered waters on issues from cyberbullying to internet addiction, while experts are only beginning to ask, let alone answer, questions about the unintended consequences of our daily digital diet. 
"Developing Digital and Media Literacies in Children and Teens: A Call for Research and Policy Actions is the paper that our group of experts contributed to this timely effort," said Tessa Jolls, President and CEO, Center for Media Literacy, Los Angeles. Read Press Release
An online copy of the report can be found here

Media Literacy Week FB Challenge - Participate!

CML, in collaboration with the Department of Journalism at California State University, Northridge invites students, educators, and media professionals to participate in a Media Literacy Facebook Challenge. Every day during National Media Literacy Week, CML will post a new image or video clip on Facebook to test your media literacy skills. Analyze the message and discuss its purpose, framing and meaning, how different people might interpret the message, and consider its authenticity and the tactics used to achieve its goal. After you post, talk about it on social media and use #MediaLitWk to spread media literacy.  CML will highlight diversity issues. Participate with us or create your own Facebook Challenge for your group.

New CML Affiliate Announced

CML is pleased to announce a new Affiliate: Ignite Global, LLC, a Los Angeles-based communications firm headed by Michele Johnsen, a CML Fellow and certified trainer.  With a Master's degree in Public Diplomacy from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, Michele is an award-winning communications expert who specializes in media literacy, social change, human rights and public diplomacy. Watch for our interview with Michele in the upcoming newsletter! 

Celebrate Global and US Media Literacy Weeks

Global Media and Information Literacy Week is October 25-Nov. 1, 2017

US Media Literacy Week is November 6-10, 2017

Watch for updates and start planning media literacy activities!

Tribute to GAPMIL Award Recipients

GAPMIL recently published tributes to award recipients. Tessa Jolls was honored by GAPMIL in 2015. The GAPMIL Awards recognize information/library, media and technology specialists, educators, artists, activists, researchers, policy makers, NGOs, associations and other groups integrating MIL (media and information literacy) in an innovative way in their work and related activities. Specifically, the awards recognize excellence and leadership in five sectors: Education, Research, Policy, Advocacy, Media and communication/information industries.  Find out more here