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JEA joins National Association for Media Literacy Education

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The Journalism Education Association has joined the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), a national membership organization dedicated to media literacy education, as an organizational member.

The NAMLE vision is to promote the value of media literacy as an essential practice and skill in the 21st century.

As a member organization, JEA will be able to expand its presence and develop new connections within the media literacy community. Specifically, the two organizations will work together to kick off next fall’s Media Literacy Week, Nov. 5-9, 2018, in connection with the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention Nov. 1-4 in Chicago.

“NAMLE is among the most well-respected organizations in the world for promoting media literacy education. Our partnership represents an exciting opportunity to advance how we teach our students about the media. In our new media environment, we must emphasize the need for responsible, critical and empowering student media production as a necessary component of any media literacy approach,” Educational Initiatives Director Megan Fromm, MJE, said.

Working together to promote the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education is a no-brainer, according to NAMLE Executive Director Michelle Ciulla Lipkin.

“On behalf of everyone at NAMLE, I am beyond thrilled to have JEA join our community as an organizational partner. JEA members and NAMLE members share many of the same goals and passions. We have so much work we can do together in the intersection of media literacy and scholastic journalism. I am confident this partnership will be beneficial for all,” she said.

Aside from the organizational partner memberships, NAMLE also offers free individual teacher memberships. There is no cost to join the organization’s network of educators, researchers, media artists, community members, advocates and organizations dedicated to advancing media literacy education.

JEA President Sarah Nichols, MJE, said, “Every teacher in America should take advantage of the opportunity to connect with a group focused on developing students’ critical thinking skills and navigating today’s digital world. As journalism teachers and scholastic media advisers, we’ve long known the value of empowering student voice and teaching students to evaluate news and information. It’s time — in fact, past time! — for JEA to play a larger role in this conversation. I am excited by my early conversations with Michelle and our ideas for future collaboration, and I know our members will see multiple benefits in partnering with NAMLE as we educate media consumers and creators.”

JEA members can learn more here.

 

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