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1 Richard Hodges, Head Librarian Thomas Nelson Community College–Williamsburg, Virginia

2  Students are bombarded with ever increasing amounts of information in various formats.  Much of this information is “designed” or “constructed” to promote various products, ideas or values.  As we become greater consumers of information we must become smarter consumers.

3  “Media literacy has been defined as a framework to guide the access, analysis, evaluation and creation of messages in a variety of forms, including print, video, images, and web-based media.”  “Media literacy entails articulating the role of media in society and developing the inquiry and communication skills necessary for functioning effectively as citizens of a democracy “ (Center for Media Literacyhttp://www.medialit.org/).

4  Media & Medium  Includes - TV, Internet, cell phone, print, moving and still images, billboards, video, radio, mass mailer, fliers, posters, etc….  Many feel a person, living in a city, is exposed to anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 ads per day  It is vital students become Literate at deciphering these ads

5  Requires active inquiry and critical thinking about the messages we receive and create.  Includes various forms of media, including print, photo, video and video games.  Develops informed, reflective and engaged participants. “Core Concepts” National Association of Media Literacy Education, 2012

6  All media messages are “constructed”  Different people experience the same media message differently.  Media have embedded values and points of view.  Most media messages are organized to gain profit and/or power “Five Core Concepts” Center for Media Literacy, 2011

7  Financial, economic and business literacy  Civic literacy  Health literacy  Environmental literacy  Information literacy  Media literacy  Technology literacy Partnership for 21 st Century Learning Transliteracy

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9  ALL media messages are “constructed reality” promoting an idea, lifestyle or product  Students need to be able to decipher media messages  Using as guidelines:  ACRL Information Literacy Standards  ACRL Visual Literacy Standards  NAMLE Core Concepts

10  Premise: Media Literacy education complements Information Literacy education, and is vital for 21st century learners  Purpose: To help students become more aware of the “constructed” world of media & advertising  Content Delivery: Working in groups to discuss, analyze, and create various forms of media  Outcomes and assessment: Students will be required to create their own ads, using original and existing content (i.e.mashup)

11  Testing: project driven with focus on a set criteria. Example: ad creation from original or existing content  Online modules: intent is to make Media Literacy accessible to both face-to-face and online audiences  User survey: Primary purpose would be to determine effectiveness of content and knowledge students take away

12 Sample Module: Political Advertising

13 "The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.“ -Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, /http://www.livingroomcandidate.org /

14  According to Gallup 60% of Americans perceive the news media to be biased.  47% believe it is too liberal  13% believe it is too conservative Sept. 22, 2011 – “Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias”

15 Questions: I. What is its purpose? II. Who is it aimed at? III. Who created it? IV. What values, lifestyles, or points of view are being depicted or omitted? “Five key questions”, Center for Media Literacy, 2012

16  Author?  Purpose?  Target audience?  Effectiveness?  Reinforce values or stereotypes?

17  Author?  Purpose?  Target audience?  Effectiveness?  Reinforce values or stereotypes?

18  Author?  Purpose?  Target audience?  Effectiveness?  Reinforce values or stereotypes?

19  Other modules:  Internet  Print media  Radio  Billboards

20  $130 billion spent on advertising last year. This is equal to $6 for every man, woman and child in the United States. Dr. John S. Caputo Department of Communication Arts Gonzaga University Spokane, WA

21 Richard Hodges, Head Librarian Historic Triangle Campus Thomas Nelson Community College Williamsburg, Virginia


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