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Literature: A Portal to Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning 

Literature: A Portal to Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning 
July 17, 2020

There has been an influx of reading lists for white Americans to more deeply understand the long history and enduring egregious examples of systemic racism in our country in response to the Black Lives...

Empowering HS Journalists to Report on Race, Equality, and Social Justice

Empowering HS Journalists to Report on Race, Equality, and Social Justice
June 14, 2020

My name is Jane Bannester and I’m a teacher at Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Missouri. On Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by 28-year-old white police...

Diagnosing Propaganda Techniques in Campaign Ads: Civic Discourse and Media Literacy

Diagnosing Propaganda Techniques in Campaign Ads: Civic Discourse and Media Literacy
January 13, 2020

Presidential election years present ample opportunities for lessons in media literacy; depending on your outlook and your class dynamics, this is either exhilarating or terrifying. Either way, it’s necessary...

Media Literacy Resources: Navigating a Digital Society

Media Literacy Resources: Navigating a Digital Society
September 5, 2019

To thrive and not just simply survive in a digital society, media literacy is a must. People of all ages need to be able to digest and analyze vast amounts of information from various sources. It is critical...

Lesson: Is it news or opinion?

Lesson: Is it news or opinion?
February 8, 2019

At an almost alarming rate, students these days are unable to determine news writing from opinion writing. In my two Journalism I classes, I conducted a pre-assessment experiment where students evaluated...

Media Literacy in 2018: Top Five

Media Literacy in 2018: Top Five
January 1, 2019

One of the most exciting aspects of weaving media literacy instruction into the classroom is the rich source material that we are able to glean from news and entertainment media, pop culture and social...

Combating Apathy in an Era of “Fake News” and Standardized Testing

Combating Apathy in an Era of “Fake News” and Standardized Testing
January 1, 2018

Fake news. Bias. Alternative facts. Journalism is under attack, and our students certainly feel the apathy that results in this constant cycle of distrust. For students who might be interested in journalism,...

Ancient Texts, Modern Media Literacy

Ancient Texts, Modern Media Literacy
September 24, 2017

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...

Commentary vs. Journalism: Are journalists biased?

Commentary vs. Journalism: Are journalists biased?
July 23, 2017

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...

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

Character Ed should link in lessons on Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship
April 17, 2017

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...

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