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Press Club releases statement on Ferguson

The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is a professional, social and charitable organization of people who make, cover and influence the news. On Monday, the Press Club released a statement regarding recent events in Ferguson, Mo.: The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis strongly condemns the manhandling and disrespect shown to our colleagues by […]

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Media Literacy Week

Media Literacy Week goes green

The relationship between environmentalism and the media highlights the eighth annual Media Literacy Week, scheduled this year for Nov. 9-16. “Environmentalism: The Media Ecosystem” takes a look at how media foster, and sometimes hinder, awareness of the environment and details deemed pertinent to its stability. Special guests, multimedia, and panel discussions will put the issue […]

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GMLP welcomes new members to its board of directors

Gateway Media Literacy Partners added nine members to its board of directors this summer, bringing the board’s complement to 20 professionals, academics and civic servants committed to informing and educating the community on the value of media literacy in society. The new members are: Bill Bass, innovation coordinator specializing in technology integration, information, and library […]

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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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