MEDIA LITERACY: RESOURCE LIST
Action Coalition for Media Education
is focused on issues of media literacy education as well as issues of
media reform. Visit their website to learn more about their activities and resources.
Center for Media Literacy
provides educational resources both nationally and
internationally. Their five key questions can serve as a framework for media
If you’re interested in learning what firms/organizations major media companies
own, check out Columbia Journalism Review
. This site is a guide to and also provides a list of articles about media
is dedicated to critically examining commercial culture, focusing on
government, education, culture, and health. It includes news releases and articles that focus on a variety of different issues affecting adults and children.
The Consortium for Media Literacy
is a project of International Humanities Center, Inc.
The five key questions developed by the Center for Media Literacy provide an important
framework for the Consortium’s work. The Consortium focuses on a variety of topical
areas including nutrition education, violence prevention and gender representation.
If you’re interested in an archive of vintage TV commercials, you’ll want to visit Duke University's Digital Collection
provides resources for teachers such as Flipping the Script. This curriculum resource is designed to help educators teach media literacy concepts and media production skills around the exciting and engaging theme of Hip-Hop culture and music.
The study Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-olds
investigated media use among a sample of more than 2,000 3rd -12th graders.
The results of this study provide a variety of information about adolescents and the
media, statistics about time spent using media, the influence of bedroom and household
media environment, demographic differences in media use, and parental rules about
An Introduction to Media Literacy: The What, Whys, and How-To’s
includes a variety of information about media literacy, including a definition
and explanation of media literacy, who teaches media literacy, approaches to media
literacy, and some principles of media literacy.
Media Awareness Network
developed by our Canadian neighbors is an invaluable resource for both teachers
and parents interested in media literacy education. Lessons, activities, and resources are
available on a variety of media issues, searchable by grade level and subject heading.
Media Education Lab
located at Temple University provides the My Pop Studio, an
online game for media literacy, and other resources that you may find of interest as you
further explore the use of media literacy education in your classroom.
offers a wide range of material about media for K-12
teachers. The resources on this site may help you generate many new ideas about ways to
integrate media literacy education into your classroom. The materials are catalogued by
topic for your convenience.
Media Literacy Project
(formerly known as the New Mexico Media Literacy Project)
provides a variety of resources for those interested in teaching media literacy education.
For example there is a gallery dedicated specifically to the deconstruction of media that
you may find very useful.
In 2007 the first research summit in media literacy education
was convened in this country. While the
field of media literacy research is still relatively new, exciting research efforts are already being reported
from across the country. Research, for example by Erica Austin and Bruce Pinkleton, Washington State
University, is indicating the significant impact media literacy can have on the area of sexual health
, an organization dedicated to promoting media literacy, features a range
of teen-generated film concerning media literacy education and its importance. Your
students may be interested in hearing and seeing how other teens describe their views
about media literacy as it relates to a range of topics.
The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
focuses on providing
updated media literacy education information and resources for teachers. Among its
offerings are the Core Principles of Media Literacy Education, an online journal and the
Marketplace, an online store where you’ll find a vast collection of media literacy books,
and other resources available for purchase.
The National Telemedia Council
has a proud history of promoting media literacy
education in the United States for five decades. A major ongoing endeavor for which
they have become known is their Journal of Media Literacy which they have been
producing since 1953. Each issue of the Journal contains articles addressing issues of
concern to teachers as well as others working in the field of media literacy education.
PBS Teachers: Media Literacy
provides resources for teachers and parents. These include quizzes on media
consumption, trends, and legislation, as well as links to research, resources, and activities
on a variety of subjects.
Project Look Sharp
is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College providing a variety
of resources for those seeking to integrate media literacy education into the classroom
curriculum. Project Look Sharp offers several curriculum resources for middle and high
Teen Health and the Media
is a website dedicated to examining teen health issues from a
media literacy perspective. This website focuses on health issues from tobacco, alcohol
and other drugs to teen sexuality and issues of body image and nutrition. The site
provides media challenges for use in a classroom along with other resources to help
teachers address each of the health concerns it examines.
Teen Aware Sex, Media & You
contains a wealth of media literacy-based lesson plans
and other resources focused on teen sexuality and teen pregnancy prevention. The site was created with an abstinence education focus during the years of Washington’s Teen
Aware Project funded in large part with federal abstinence education funding. In 2007
the Washington State legislature passed the Healthy Youth Act and made comprehensive
education mandatory in its classrooms. The site also contains an archive of teen produced
video created during the years of the Teen Aware Project.
is an excellent resource for educational programs on media literacy and social
issues. In addition, this website includes short clips from many videos. Topics include
health and body, gender and race, and commercialism and politics. Study guides for
teachers and students are available online for most of the Foundation’s films.
This Frontline program, The Merchants of Cool
, offers a “report on the creators and marketers of popular culture
for teenagers.” Presented by PBS, the 53-minute program has been divided into segments
that can be viewed online.