YouTubers, Influencers & Speaking Your Mind (Part 2)

To kick off Media Literacy Week in the United States (October 21-25th) the C+MRC invited two accomplished media literacy educators to discuss the content of podcast S2E1 YouTubers, Influencers & Speaking Your Mind: (Part 1). In that episode, tweenager Hope D. discusses favorite YouTubers and how she traverses the digital and nondigital worlds. (Note: If you have not yet listened to that episode, you should do that before listening to Part 2.)

I’ve never seen a study use a variable that says ‘This kid is media literate or not.’ Even though it seems like in this day and age a really important variable to report on: How much media literacy education—either informally or formally—that they’ve had. -—Dr. Faith Rogow

In Part 2, we are joined by Dr. Faith Rogow, a leading media literacy education strategist and innovator in the United States. She has earned a reputation as one of the few people in the United States advocating for and creating media literacy education that is frdevelopmentally appropriate for early childhood. She is also an author, professional development specialist and co-founder of multiple organizations (NAMLE, Project Look Sharp, and Insighters Education). Dr. Rogow has taught thousands of teachers, students, administrators, child care professionals, and parent to understand and harness the power of media. Many have used her book (co-authored with Cyndy ScheibeThe Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Digital World. You can follow her on Twitter @InsightersEd

We are also joined by Sherri Hope Culver, an author, editor, professor, researcher, producer, and leader extraordinaire in the field of media literacy education. Sherri served as the president of NAMLE for nearly a decade and continues her leadership role Version 2nationally and internationally as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University. Sherri’s teaching and consulting centers on the business media, with a focus on children’ media. She has worked with Nickelodeon, Participant Media, YouTube Kids, PBS, Sprout, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Sherri also hosts a media literacy television series, titled Media Inside Out and a podcast that features kids talking about media at kidstalkmedia.net. You can follow her on Twitter @sherryhope1

About This Episode

C+MRC Director Dr. Vanessa E. Greenwood leads this provocative podcast discussion about what adults do and do not yet know about the tweenage digital experience. Emergent issues (from S2 E1) include the economy of YouTube, authenticity and trust, and the differences (if any) between engagement online versus offline. Faith and Sherri provide insight on scaffolding the experiences of children (and those who educate them) in ways that are inquiry-oriented, intentional and grounded in research. They conclude that much more research is needed in the area of media literacy education. And rather than follow the constantly moving target of technology, research and praxis must focus on the trifecta of 1) knowledge, 2) skills and 3) dispositions that comprise media literacy among children.

Faith will be speaking at the Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference at Rhode Island College on November 8, 2019 on integrating media literacy in the early years. [find out more] 

Sherri will be speaking with colleagues from the Children’s Media Association and NAMLE at Fordham University October 23, 2019 6:30-8:30pm. “How Kidfluencers are Changing the Game: A Long Way from the Mickey Mouse Club” [find out more]

Are you interested in collaborating on media literacy research and/or innovative teaching practices? Contact C+MRC Director Dr. Vanessa E. Greenwood at commediarc@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved.