On October 21st, I’ll be at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC, presenting some work I’ve completed for the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) titled, Media Literacy: Empowering Youth Worldwide.
Here’s the cover of the report, and the teaser on the web site:
At all levels of education, initiatives in media literacy are premised on teaching youth and young adults to consume media critically—from how media shape political messages to the increasing pervasiveness of advertising. But the challenges to such initiatives are daunting. Schools need the necessary resources and educators the requisite expertise and training to teach media literacy. Supporting media literacy education for youth can help prepare children and young adults for lives of active inquiry and give them a better understanding of the ties between information, community, and democracy. This report, by Paul Mihailidis, professor of journalism, media and public relations at Hofstra University, makes the case that as media become more central to the development of youth in society, funders should recognize that media literacy education for youth is an important part of democratic development.
You can find the report, and download it by Clicking: Media Literacy: Empowering Youth Worldwide
This report is the third in a series of ML reports. The first two were written by Dr. Susan Moeller at the University of Maryland. See all reports by visiting; ML reports, CIMA at NED 2009