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Media Literacy Week 2010 Best Yet!

Thank you to all who made GMLP’s 2010 Media Literacy Week the best ever!

Media Literacy: Truth or Consequences” drew record attendance, record web site visits  and numerous new followers thanks to a wonderful effort by many to get out the word, most especially  our  enthusiastic  GMLP partners who consented to opening their doors to offer timely and thoughtful fare for our bi-state community.   They are Lindenwood University; Webster University; St. Louis Community College-Meramec; Ladue School District, the Becker Library at Washington University’s School of Medicine; the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, University College at Washington University and St. Louis University.

We are most grateful to be partners with St. Louis Community College – Meramec, who brought back our esteemed colleague, Frank Baker, to offer up yet another teacher workshop which was so well-attended. Any time we get the ability to teach teachers how to integrate media literacy into their curricula, we can’t say thanks enough.

To Frank Baker, media literacy educator, author, advocate  and Gateway Media Literacy Partners follower and friend, many thanks for going beyond the call of duty when you’re here.    Baker’s ability to stay current with his material, stretch the limits of classroom possibilities and  keep  an audience interested, educated and wanting more……….    We are full of gratitude  for Frank’s participation, here, not only during our special week, but for  his contributions throughout the year.

Media Literacy Week Committee Co-chairs, Art Silverblatt of Webster University and Eric Meyer of St. Louis Community College – Meramec  put together a great committee whose members–Gloria Ross, Kit Jenkins, Michael Steinberg and Larry Grieshaber and Anne Bader– were committed to the utmost quality in content, timeliness and presentation.  You’ll see, from the titles of our presentations, that our committee was “cutting edge” with thought-provoking media literacy topics that we believe deserve yet another run, given the portent of the subject matter.

We appreciate  Klotzer Award Committee chair Anne Bader’s continued quest for improvement of the award process and subsquent presentation.

We al so appreciate The  Media Education Foundation’s (MEF’s) good words about GMLP’s  special week, and for  their generous offer of discounted MEF resources for the entire month of October.

Thanks to our communications committee co-chairs, Jill Falk and Marteana Davidson, along with web designer, Derek Schroeder,  public relations specialist  Gloria Ross’s expertise with our press releases…and to all  for dutifully getting out information before and during Media Literacy Week.

Congratulations and Thanks to all of the Academic Symposium participants from Webster and Lindenwood Universities as well as St. Louis Community College – Meramec and the University of Missouri in Columbia.  We keep growing this part of the week, and refining our ability to showcase the best of students’ and scholars media literacy education efforts.

Further, let’s salute the 20 community guest contributors for taking the time to write about the importance of media literacy as it relates to their work and our community.

And, thanks to the wonderful volunteers o St. Louis Community College – Meramec’s  Xi Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa:   President David Atkins, Vice President, Mason McParlane and James Eagan were truly ubiquitous, committed to  getting our resource table set,  all around town.  Such enthusiasm and  sterling service must be commended.

And, thanks to all attendees for helping  make GMLP’s Fourth Annual Media Literacy Week  such a great success.

See you at our FIFTH!

About Jessica Z. Brown

President, Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Inc. Adjunct Professor, Webster University and Adjunct Lecturer, University College at Washington University in St. Louis.

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