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Ancient Texts, Modern Media Literacy

Ancient Texts, Modern Media Literacy

Perspective. This is a word we use often when we delve into the fundamentals of media literacy. Whose perspective are we getting, and who is in control of the message? How is this perspective different from what we are used to? Are many perspectives being considered? When we teach media literacy, we are often teaching a "best of" buffet of classic liberal education, from rhetoric and argumentation to literary analysis, to civics and history. Rhetorical and literary analysis feed directly into news literacy and media literacy, ...

Commentary vs. Journalism: Are journalists biased?

Commentary vs. Journalism: Are journalists biased?

A recent poll by Gallup reports that 62 percent of Americans believe journalists are biased in the arena of politics. The majority of those polled feel journalists favor Democrats in their reporting. This isn’t a shocker. Poll after poll has similar results: Americans believe journalists are biased and weave a web of fabricated tales. Where did we go wrong? Recently, I engaged in conversations with several individuals who remember Watergate. All expressed that the majority of the Americans they knew didn't ...

Character Ed should link in lessons on Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship

Character Ed should link in lessons on Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship

The need for Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship in school curriculums cannot be denied. However, I have a radical proposal. Can we emphasize in those lessons themes that include kindness and respect for others? Just a few weeks ago, I saw two prime examples of why incorporating Character Education traits into our lesson plans is a must. Example #1: One of my broadcast students, Jade, was working out with her boyfriend at a local gym. Unbeknownst to her, a complete stranger took photos o...

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How’d They Do That?: Facebook Frames

How’d They Do That?: Facebook Frames

Step One: Log into facebook and see that your friend, Jane, has a fancy-schmancy frame on her profile photo for the school she teaches at. Get jealous. Step Two: Contact Jane via Facebook Messenger to express jealousy and a desire to learn. Luckily, Jane responds with a link and simple directions, “Needs to be done on a computer.” Step Three: Turn on my computer. Log into facebook. Click the link Jane sent: https://developers.facebook.com/products/camera-effects/frame-studio/ and be AMAZED. Step Four: Play around on www.ipiccy.com to create a PNG frame for my school. Step Five: Upload and preview the PNG frame via the link Jane sent. Step Six: Preview, submit, and wait! The message I get says, “...

Eclipse 2017: Staffs Share How They Covered The Event

Eclipse 2017: Staffs Share How They Covered The Event

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse went from sea to shining sea across our nation. It started in Lincoln Beach, Ore., and made its way to Charleston, S.C. This historical event was an opportunity for scholastic journalists to shine.   Rolla, Missouri Mary Gillis of Rolla High School is the adviser for the school magazine, online newspaper and yearbook. Her eclipse experience was as diversified as the publications she advises. “In May, I wrote a grant that provided funds to take my news staff to Jefferson City’s Capital Solar Eclipse. NASA was there to do a live broadcast of the eclipse and also had a travelling exhibit ‘Journey to Tomorrow.’ It was also ...

Opportunities in college and the real world: One student’s perspective

Opportunities in college and the real world: One student’s perspective

Cassandra Bauer attends Drake University. She is a junior majoring in digital media production and minoring in graphic design. She recently sat down with SchoolJournalism to answer a few questions that we had. We hope the interview is helpful to both students and advisers.   Q: When you were looking at schools, what was it about Drake that pulled you in? A: I was really focusing in on schools in Iowa because I didn't want to stay in Missouri and be with the same people I spent my high school years with. I choose Iowa because it wasn't completely isolated from home. My grandparents live in Grinnell, and so I get to see them a lot during the school year. That is nice because before I...

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