Media Literacy Experts Head to Washington D.C. for National Conference

Jun 18, 2019

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its biennial conference in Washington D.C. June 26 - 28, 2019 with events at American University, the Newseum, New America, and the PeaceTech Lab at the Institute of Peace. Hundreds of attendees will hear from more than 170 presenters who are experts in the field of media literacy education about the latest research, best practices for classrooms, innovations in youth media creation and from journalists combating misinformation and fake news from the front lines of the newsroom.

The 2019 NAMLE conference theme, "A Path Forward, Elevating Voices, Unifying Conversations," presents an opportunity to bridge voices, platforms, and possibilities for how to move the conversation forward within the work of media literacy education. Educators, scholars, policymakers, journalists, media professionals, elected officials, and community members will convene in our nation's capital to foster a dialogue that will bring diverse voices together from around the globe to address different perceptions in today's turbulent political climate.

The conference sessions include individual presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, an Idea Fair, roundtable curriculum discussions, classroom demos, and town hall discussions. Highlights from the 2019 conference program include:

  • "Media Literacy and the Implications for Peace Around the Globe" Conference Kick-Off Event at PeaceTech Lab featuring Sheldon Himelfarb, President and CEO of PeaceTech Lab and Stephen J. Adler, President and Editor-in-Chief at Reuters.
  • "What We Don't Talk About: Race, Politics, Religion, and Sexuality" Conference plenary session moderated by Tracye A. Matthews, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, University of Chicago.
  • "A Conversation with Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films" Cocktail reception and NAMLE Media Literate Media Awards Ceremony.
  • "Trust, Journalism and Media Literacy" panel discussion featuring several journalists moderated by Barbara McCormack, Vice President of Education, Freedom Forum Institute.
  • Student Voice Showcase featuring PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

NAMLE honors people and organizations who have had a great impact on the media literacy community and beyond.  The 2019 NAMLE Award winners are:

  • Elizabeth Thoman Service Award - Dr. Bobbie Eisenstock
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award - Theresa Redmond, EdD
  • Media Literacy Researcher Award - Julie Frechette, PhD
  • Media Literacy Teacher Award - Megan E. Fromm, PhD
  • Media Literate Media Awards - Kartemquinn Films, NPR 1A, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

The 2019 conference is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Trend Micro, Britannica, Nickelodeon, Google Education, Thomson Reuters, Facebook, PBS Student Reporting Labs and Education Development Center.

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