Media Literacy Now announces a major step forward in our effort to spark grassroots and legislative activity in each state leading to broad-based, comprehensive Media Literacy in schools. New York State has become the second state to introduce a Media Literacy education bill. We have taken the first step in expanding Media Literacy legislation across the country.
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal of Manhattan has introduced Assembly Bill 8347 and it has been referred to the Education Committee. If passed, this legislation would ensure the nearly 3 million public school students in the nation’s third largest state can build the media literacy skills they need for life in a media-saturated world. The New York bill is important for the youth of New York, and is a perfect example of MLN’s goal to spark policy change in each state.
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, the executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), was inspired by the work of MLN in Massachusetts and decided to push for a bill in her home state. MLN was able to provide an example Media Literacy bill, guidance on working with legislators, and other resources. Michelle brought together a group of NYC media literacy educators including Rhys Daunic (The Media Spot/NAMLE Board Member), DC Vito (The LAMP/NAMLE board member), and Dr. Katherine Fry (Brooklyn College/The LAMP), who worked directly with Assemblymember Rosenthal.
MLN will continue to work with Michelle and New York advocates to assist in getting the bill passed through fundraising, lobbying, outreach, and promotion. Please contact MLN if you want to be involved in the leadership team for the New York effort.
MLN is seeking organizations and individuals in other states to move policy solutions forward and replicate our New York success. Please get in touch if you want to be part of this national movement.