News is available to youth in more outlets than ever before. Beyond traditional legacy media (broadcast and print), there is an abundance of news available on blogs and social networking and sharing Websites, like Facebook and YouTube (Quinn, 2009). With such an influx in news availability, a large concern today is how youth will be able to distinguish fact from fiction.
Media literacy in education is an important part of the answer. This blog has adopted a definition of media literacy from the National Associate for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), which states, “media literacy is seen to consist of a series of communication competencies, including the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in a variety of forms, including print and non-print messages.” More information can be found at http://namle.net/publications/media-literacy-definitions/.
This section of the blog will focus on the importance of including media literacy into middle school curriculum. Resources will include information on effective implementation in middle schools nation and statewide, leading toward the goal of emphasizing the necessity of developing successful media literacy curriculum in central Pennsylvania schools.
Quinn, L.C (January 2009). Breaking News. School Library Journal, p. 40.