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Providing Journalists a Better Place to Grow Up

GMLP president’s note:I serve on the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis’s board of directors with Dick Weiss, former president of that organization and one of the reasons the Press Club is a founding GMLP institutional partner.  (Learn more about Mr. Weiss from his bio, below).  It was at a recent Press Club meeting that […]

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Why Media Literacy is Important – 2013 Guest Contributors

Participatory Media Literacy Anyone? By Jessica Z. Brown Greetings Media Literacy Proponents and Enthusiasts! Ah, another  Media Literacy Week has passed–GMLP’s seventh.   (Enjoy our photos on the home page! )  These represent an array of activities, get-togethers and on-the-edge media literacy-related topics for which there was much interaction at the numerous institutions who participated […]

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Understanding America via Media Literacy: A Chinese Student’s View

by Zoey (Xuezhao) Wang              If there is one thing that has made the definition of media literacy so fascinating, that would be the fact that you cannot simply define it as one thing. There are so many dimensions of interpretations to understand media literacy. Just like the way you can use media literacy […]

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Inclusion, Acceptance and Equality

by Colleen Starkloff   Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, was a sad character in literature.  He was flogged, turned on the pillory in public humiliation.  A beautiful gypsy woman, Esmeralda, took pity on him, gave him water and captured his heart.  Later, Quasimodo defends his love in an attempt to save her life.  Quasimodo […]

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Making the Pieces Fit: One Journalist’s View

  By Bill Smith  Twenty-five years ago (I had to look at the dates on the yellowing newspapers twice to make certain so much time had passed), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a series of stories on the state of race relations in the St. Louis region. We called the project “A Community Divided,” and […]

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What is This Thing called Facebook? A Look at Media Literacy From My Corner of the World

By Florence Schachter Mrs. C. receives a phone call from a personable sounding young man who engages her in conversation.  He is selling an insurance supplement and convinces her that it is the perfect thing for her.  Mrs. C. is elderly, lives alone and is dealing with multiple health issues.  The caller is so friendly […]

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Finding Reliable Sources of Information

by Tom SCHWEIZER As a youth leadership facilitator I am often amazed at the sources middle school students consider legitimate channels for news and information.  In a world filled with tweets, Instagram, and Facebook, I question the validity of the information students receive, as well as their understanding of the importance of the l message […]

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Why Media Literacy is Important: A Journalism Educator’s Perspective

  By Mitch Eden “Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information.” – Michael Scott, The Office Leave it to the World’s Best Boss to put it into terms we can all understand. With people posting, […]

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Beauty is….

By Linda Hansen Burns Recovered Support Group (BRSG) is a small nonprofit that provides assistance to burn survivors.  BRSG starts helping burn survivors deal with the “new you” while they are in the hospital and continues providing peer support for as long as necessary… which can be for years or for the rest of one’s […]

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Consumption Influences Creation When it Comes to Media Literacy

By Bill Bass “Dad, can we get a Rainbow Loom (http://www.rainbowloom.com)?” my son asks me as we’re walking home from a Saturday morning soccer game. “A what?” I respond. “A Rainbow Loom.” he states as if I should know what he’s talking about. “Hold on…” he replies, clearly irritated at my confusion. After a few […]

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