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Course instructor's notes[edit source]

This project was developed by students enrolled in a course offered by Renee Hobbs, Professor at Temple University School of Communications and Theater, in the Fall of 2007 entitled Theory and Practice of Media Literacy Education.

Dear BTMM 5310 Students:

Here are some comments on your initial work:

1. Please be sure to add your scholar's citation to the list at the bottom of the top page of the wiki. We'll keep using reference lists at the botton of each page. Some of the scholars you read and summarized are not on the list. Please fix this.

2. Let's carefully distinguish between the chapters in Masterman we read (Teaching the Media, 1985) and Masterman's earlier 1980 book (as critiqued by Alvarado). This is not clear in some of the new writing posted. Please fix.

3. I've moved around the pages to take better advantage of hyperlinking this semester, and also to solve the problem of length (many shorter pages are less intimidating.) You'll see now there are a number of smaller pages. Let's try to take advantage of shorter pages and hyperlinking, where it makes sense.

4. If you would like to create new pages (or hyperlinks to existing pages), just put two brackets in front of and in back of the name for the new page, like this Intellectual Traditions in Media Literacy. When you save the page, you will see the new page name in red. Clicking on it takes to you that page, to add content.

5. Also, let's practice using the "summary" line at the bottom. (I forget to do this all the time, but it's useful when doing collaborative writing.) You don't have to use it for small changes, but if you use it when you add content, it will help us keep track of our contributions...and make it clear where we have disagreements, points of contention, etc.

Wikiversity notes[edit source]

Rights of the Child and access to the mass media[edit source]


As far as mass media and education are concerned, shouldn't it be mentioned that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is promoting children access to the mass media in these words :

Article 17

States Parties recognize the important function performed by the mass media and shall ensure that the child has access to information and material from a diversity of national and international sources, especially those aimed at the promotion of his or her social, spiritual and moral well-being and physical and mental health.
To this end, States Parties shall:
(a) Encourage the mass media to disseminate information and material of social and cultural benefit to the child and in accordance with the spirit of article 29;
(b) Encourage international co-operation in the production, exchange and dissemination of such information and material from a diversity of cultural, national and international sources;
(c) Encourage the production and dissemination of children's books;
(d) Encourage the mass media to have particular regard to the linguistic needs of the child who belongs to a minority group or who is indigenous;

(e) Encourage the development of appropriate guidelines for the protection of the child from information and material injurious to his or her well-being, bearing in mind the provisions of articles 13 and 18.

This may also balance the view of media as just something inevitable we have to cope with and at best educate about. Astirmays (discusscontribs) 05:33, 11 September 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Additional resources on this topic[edit source]

Additional resources on this topic are on-line at: It may be useful to scan these materials searching for additional resources or viewpoints that can improve this (already excellent) resource. Thanks! --Lbeaumont (discusscontribs) 13:29, 10 October 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Free Speech and Personal Responsibility[edit source]

Freedom of speech is broadly protected by the US supreme court. The right to free speech must be balanced by our personal responsibility to know how we know. While it is true that media communications are constructed, it is also true that objective reality exists. Furthermore, reality is our common ground. Media consumers benefit by being able to discern more and less accurate portrayals of our shared reality. I contend that this principle is fundamental to media literacy and encourage highlighting this principle in the course. Thanks! --Lbeaumont (discusscontribs) 14:56, 10 October 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]