Presentation Title

One year later: How critical media literacy helps make sense of post-election news and information

Biographical Sketch

Allison Butler is a Lecturer, Chief Undergraduate Advisor, and the Director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA, where she teaches courses on cultural studies, critical media literacy, and representations of education in the media. Butler co-directs the grassroots organization, Mass Media Literacy (www.massmedialiteracy.org), where she develops legislation, teacher training, and curriculum for the inclusion of critical media literacy in Massachusetts K-12 public schools. She holds an MA and a PhD from New York University.

Type of Presentation

Individual presentation

Brief Description of Presentation

"One year later: How critical media literacy helps make sense of post-election news and information" shares the concepts and understandings of critical media literacy as tools to make sense of the current news and information environment. The presentation will apply critical media literacy theory to various stories in order to put theory to practice.

Abstract of Proposal

"One year later: How critical media literacy helps make sense of post-election news and information" serves two roles: It first shares how the concepts and theories of critical media literacy can be used to make sense of the current news and information environment. The presentation will share ways in which critical media literacy can be applied to mainstream/corporate and independent news sources in order to evaluate the veracity of our information gathering. Second, the presentation shares how, since the 2016 election, this work has been presented to multiple schools, libraries, and community organizations, bringing greater attention to and awareness of critical media literacy. Practicing critical media literacy in the field may contribute to demystifying confusing news/information and gives audiences the opportunity to engage more actively with their media choices.

Start Date

2-24-2018 9:50 AM

End Date

2-24-2018 11:20 AM

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One year later: How critical media literacy helps make sense of post-election news and information

"One year later: How critical media literacy helps make sense of post-election news and information" serves two roles: It first shares how the concepts and theories of critical media literacy can be used to make sense of the current news and information environment. The presentation will share ways in which critical media literacy can be applied to mainstream/corporate and independent news sources in order to evaluate the veracity of our information gathering. Second, the presentation shares how, since the 2016 election, this work has been presented to multiple schools, libraries, and community organizations, bringing greater attention to and awareness of critical media literacy. Practicing critical media literacy in the field may contribute to demystifying confusing news/information and gives audiences the opportunity to engage more actively with their media choices.