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[edit] Media Literacy, Teaching and Learning And 21st Century Skills:


[edit] SEMINAR TITLE: Student As Researcher, Producer and Publisher: New Media, Education, and Journalism


  • WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • WHERE: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Building E-51 (Tang Center) / 2 Amherst St., Cambridge MA 02142, Room 335
  • CONVENOR: Bill Densmore, director/editor, The Media Giraffe Project at UMass Amherst; fellow, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Missouri School of Journalism

In the last couple of years, a new term has been added to the lingo of media-literacy educators -- "news literacy." What is news literacy and how does it related to now well-established world of media literacy? In a breathtakingly fast 90-minute overview, more than 10 practioners provide specific examples of journalism in American secondary-school classrooms, including the latest uses of Internet technology. We'll stream and video archive this example-packed session. Bring your examples, too.

This workshop will look at the role of citizen journalism and new media has in teaching and learning and shaping the discussion about critical social, political and technical issues with K-12 students. We will explore the use of the web, blogs, on line surveys and other social media tools and how to apply the principles of journalism in shaping their use in the classroom.

Bill Densmore is director/editor of the Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the New England News Forum. He is a Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. He is a co-founder of CircLabs Inc., a Bay Area startup, which is developing a new way for users to discover, share, create, discuss and exchange value with publishers. Media Giraffe, launched in March 2005, in an effort to find and spotlight individuals making sustainable, innovative use of media (old and new) to foster participatory democracy and community.

[edit] PARTICIPANTS / PRESENTERS (alpha order)

  • Dare Brawley is a high-school senior at the Poughkeepsie Day School i Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and editor of the school's feminist magazine called "Scarlet" created and read in grades 7-12. [1] / cell: (914) 475-7240
  • Diana Mitsu Klos runs the the American Society of News Editor's high-school journalism program and support services, including the largest online hosting service for multimedia-student generate news. [2] / 703-453-1125
  • Diana Laufenberg, teaches at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, and will talk about her election-day project in which students recorded their impressions and involvement in the 2008 presidential election. Laufenberg was a participant in the Journalism That Matters conference, "Rebooting the News," in October, 2008 at Temple University, and a signator of the "Consensus Statement on the Importance of News Literacy." [3] / (928) 607-8142.
  • Aaron Manfull teaches at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Ill., and is digital-committee chair of the Journalism Education Association. He is also the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund distinguished advisor for 2009. [4] /
  • Michael McSweeney is English department chair at Reading (Mass.) Memorial High School, where a new initiative asks all juniors to complete a podcast telling a community slice-of-life human-interest story. [5] / work: 781-944-8200 ext. 337.
  • INVITED -- Alan Miller is founder and director of The News Literacy Project in Bethesda, Md. [6] / (301) 651-7499.
  • Dean Miller is director of The Center for News Literacy in the Journalism School at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., and a former daily newspaper editor from Idaho and the Northern Rockies. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, he advised students journalists while studying management and comparative religion. [7] / (631) 632-1893.
  • Sarah Platanitis teaches journalism and English in Holyoke, Mass. Using Flip digital camera, her students will prepare a short video for Oct. 24. She is a graduate of the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. [8] / (413) 530-7006.
  • Melissa Wantz teaches at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, Calif., where journalism -- all online -- is being re-introduced after a five-year hiatus. Wantz used Joomla! to develop an online news site "The Foothill Dragon") incorporating social-networking tools, video, polls, comments, contests and including Ning, Google wikis and Google docs for student peer editing. She is a graduate of the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute. [9] / work: 805-289-0023 ext. 2602.
  • Lynn Washington runs the Convergent Media Magnet Program at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C. The program combines newspaper, broadcast, yearbook and graphic design. She is also a Model United Nations Advisor. [10] / (803) 699-2800 ext. 79751.
  • Alan Weintraut teaches at Annandale High School in Fairfax County, Va., and was the Dow Jones High School Journalism Teacher of the Year two years ago. [11] / (703) 642-4229.
  • Stephen Wilmarth, ran the Center for 21st Century Skills in Connecticut for four years and now heads a program teaching media skills to secondary-school students in rural China as a way of [ giving "voice"] to the disenfranchised. He lectures at Ningxia Radio & TV University, Ningxia Vocational Polytechnic University and Ningxia Teachers University. [12] / (860) 227-1225.