Exploring Media literacy practices for just and equitable futures.

Despite the growing work in media literacy across all levels of education, there remains the question of what makes media literacy practice impactful? How can impactful media literacy practices support more just, equitable, and inclusive futures?

The Mapping Impactful Media Literacy Project explores how impact in media literacy interventions is understood, develops indicators for impactful practice, and offers education across formal and informal learning ecosystems the opportunity to align their work within a responsive guide that facilitates alignment with indicators for impact.

We believe that media literacies are central to a society that demands accountability from public institutions, equity for marginalized and underserved communities, and robust opportunities for people to use their voice to advocate for more inclusive futures. This project will research how we have defined impact in media literacy, and advocate for indicators that support the needs of communities and youth at the margins of society.

The project will run in three phases from June 2020 - August 2021.

Read more about our process at our Project Page, meet our team, hear from our contributors, and be in touch with any further questions or to become involved in our work.

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Meet the Team

Mapping impactful media literacy practices involve the dedicated efforts of critical media literacy scholars, practitioners and activists from across the United States. The lead research team is made up of four scholars and supported by our advisory group, design team, and research partners in Australia.

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Research like this would not be possible without the support of institutions, universities, and private investors who have an interest in improving media literacy education. We are grateful for their assistance and want to highlight a few of the institutions responsible for this opportunity.

Lead Partner

Research Partners

Initial support for the research project is made possible through a grant from Facebook. To ensure the independence and integrity of this research effort, NAMLE will maintain full authority regarding project strategy, budget, personnel decisions, or research activities. Facebook will not have direct control over the research design, methodology, analysis, or findings. NAMLE and any research authors will maintain exclusive copyright over all products and freely disseminate those products to advance the media literacy field.Initial support for the research project is made possible through a grant from Facebook.

Mapping Impactful Media Literacy Practices

Contact: Paul Mihailidis
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