News Literacy Workshop in Myanmar

From our friends at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong: The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University and Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong are jointly organizing a news literacy workshop and teacher training for university educators in Yangon, Myanmar, from Dec. 14 to…

Another Perspective on Screen-Time Limits

Much of the rhetoric and action related to screen time revolves around elimination or reduction. When our first child was born, I wanted to live the APA “rule”: no television before age 2. Well, that didn’t work out, and the boy turned out to be hyperverbal, developing spoken language early and reading at age 4. It…

SHU’s Media Literacy Graduate Program

In August 2015, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., launched a new graduate program in Media Literacy and Digital Culture. MLDC Director Bill Yousman believes that this is the first master’s program in the United States that is focused on a critical approach to media education. “The MLDC program at Sacred Heart reflects ACME’s mission…

Ex Machina: Two Perspectives

While the ACME board was in Toronto for a conference and board retreat, several members went to see the celebrated indie film Ex Machina. Following are reviews by Treasurer Sara Voorhees, our resident professional movie critic, and Co-President Rob Williams. Have any of you seen it? Let us know your thoughts… SURROGATES AND REVELATIONS by…

Tax Credit for Videogame Makers in Ontario? No!

Following is a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne from ACME ally and Canadian media educator-activist Rose Dyson. We thank Rose for her ongoing work in our field. The Hon. Kathleen Wynne MPP Premier Government of Ontario Queen’s Park Dear Ms. Wynne: On April 30 it was reported in The Globe and Mail that “Ontario’s…

Top Ten Guiding Questions for Critical Digital Literacy

by Julie Frechette, Ph.D. Reprinted with permission from The Journal of Media Literacy 2014: 61 (1&2): 14–21. Undoubtedly, the speed and immediacy of technological advancements and mediated information are radically changing the nature of 21st century media and communication. As mobile technology, social media, and converged web content drive the new information economy, media education…