In the News2017-06-18T21:48:44+00:00

New Law Promotes Media Literacy, Internet Safety in Schools

u.s. news & world report logo“Washington leaders have passed a law that requires students to learn about media literacy and internet safety in schools.” Read more…

 

How media literacy can help students discern fake news

pbs newshour logoMedia Literacy Now’s Claire Beach is featured in the June 6, 2017, episode of PBS NewsHour. Reported by special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week. Watch the video here…

The Four-Letter Word Parents Have for Social Media

HuffPost ParentsDiana Graber says: “…all of you app-makers and future app-makers out there: Parents have a four-letter word for you… HELP,” and mentions Media Literacy Now. Read more

Magazine: The problem with separate toys for girls and boys

globeRebecca Hains’ article on: “What started our obsession with assigning gender to playthings, and how can parents combat it?” quotes Erin McNeill, MLN president, on the need for media literacy education to help children recognize how and why gendered ads target them. Read the article here…

Op-Ed: Time is now for conversation about violence marketed to kids

capecodonline_logoDonna Hannigan, Op-Ed: “A step toward engaging in this conversation is to support a bill now at the Massachusetts Statehouse sponsored by Sen. Daniel Wolf and Rep. David Rogers. The organization Media Literacy Now is working with Grandmothers Against Gun Violence to promote it. Critical thinking skills are crucial to a youth population saturated with media violence. This bill deals with establishing media literacy programs in our schools and is an important, nonpartisan piece of legislation.” Read more…

Letter: Kids’ TV advocate saw ahead to challenges of online media

globeErin McNeill: “Increasingly, marketers are concocting ways to circumvent the principles set forth by the 1990 law. Media literacy education provides young media consumers with the means to resist manipulative messages and challenge the consumerism, as well as the gratuitous violence, sexualization, and stereotypes, perpetuated in the media today.”  Read More…

Op-Ed: Children learn to bully by watching TV as toddlers

Providence Journal logoErin McNeill and Renee Hobbs: “Policymakers in Rhode Island, and throughout the country, are joining a movement to elevate media literacy as a priority in schools, starting in kindergarten, where messages about bullying are already taking hold. Let’s see if we can create a culture where critical thinking about media is natural, just something you learn to do. Every child deserves a media literacy education.   Read more…

 

Corporate advertisers are hijacking girl power to sell products

The WeekThe Week asks: Why not use commercials as agents for positive social change? “Let’s call out the companies that are trying to make good choices when it comes to the content of their ad, and ask more from those who fall short.” Media Literacy Now founder Erin McNeill interviewed. Read more here…

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center hires Media Literacy Coordinator

Press NJdotCom“The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center (DASACC) announced that Leanne McGowan has been hired as the Media Literacy Coordinator to implement the “Media Literacy: Gender, Race & Sexuality” program within the county. McGowan serves as the President of the NJ Chapter of Media Literacy Now, advocating for Senator Diane Allen’s K-12 media literacy legislation (S-1761)…The Media Literacy Program was adopted by the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) to be used with youth and adults to empower them to think critically about and “deconstruct” media messages. By working with Warren County residents to teach them about gender equity through the engaging and interactive lens of media literacy, DASACC hopes to both involve the community in its mission of sexual assault prevention and ultimately change community norms to prevent future sexual violence…”Read more…

Podcast: Funny For a Girl

press Rethink Pink“Are you ready to laugh so hard tears stream down your face? Well then….this isn’t the podcast or episode for you…
This week we’re talking about the ladies of comedy, Margaret Cho, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and others.

Featured Guest Featured guest interview is with Erin McNeill, the founder and president of Media Literacy Now.” Listen now…

 

 

 

Local resident founds national non-profit: Media Literacy Now

press belmont_logo“Today’s media is a hot button issue for parents and educators. Belmont’s Erin McNeill is one of those parents. She’s passionate about giving children the means to navigate our digital landscape…” Read more…

 

Judging a Movie by its Trailer

Harvard biz“While promotional material for Catching Fire highlighted the central role of Katniss Everdeen in the series and leveraged the popularity of actress Jennifer Lawrence, Frozen was marketed with gender-neutral methods that de-emphasized its princess protagonists.” Comparing the marketing of these two highly successful, female-led movies, Harvard Political Review interviews Media Literacy Now founder Erin McNeill. Read here…

 

Media Literacy Policy and Legislation

Connections CMLConsortium for Media Literacy: “We interview Erin McNeill of Media Litereracy Now, who shares her experience with moving media literacy legislation through the Massachusetts statehouse. We review the policy guide to UNESCO media and information literacy initiatives, and we list helpful resources for further research and discussion.” Read more…