November 5 - 9, 2018
"Media Literacy: It's More than Fake News"
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What is Media Literacy Week?
Media literacy week is when community citizens--educators, media professionals, youth and youth advocates, health educators, librarians, journalists, academics, researchers, and administrators--participate in workshops, presentations, and other educational programming focusing on ways to promote and sustain media literacy. The week encourages community wide conversations about this important 21st century survival skill.
GMLP's 13th Annual Media Literacy Week will coincide with both the NAMLE (National Association for Media Literacy Education) 4th Annual National U.S. Media Literacy Week and Canada's Media Literacy Week.
Check back on this page for an updated listing of this year's events as new events will be added as details are finalized.
Calling All Volunteers
Want to get involved? Contact us to volunteer to work during Media Literacy Week.
Want to stay up on Media Literacy Week Events across North America?
Follow the hashtag #MediaLitWk on Twitter.
Schedule of Events
Check out the list of events and event partners below and be sure to mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing all of our media literacy friends, supporters, educators, along with new faces at each event. All events are free and open to the public.
How to Spot Fake News in an Election Year
Tuesday, October 30
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Jefferson College Library
1000 Viking Drive
This presentation and panel will address media literacy and its applications to the democratic process, including how voters can educate themselves on candidates and sort through biased political ads, misinformation, and other so-called ‘fake news.’ All are welcome! Panelists include Joe Kohlburn, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Elizabeth Steffen, Access Services Librarian, and Donnell Probst, Reference Librarian and vice president of Gateway Media Literacy Partners. This event is free and open to the public.
St. Louis Public Radio
Thursday, November 1
Join GMLP board members and professors at Webster University, Art Silverblatt and Jessica Bellomo, along with a Webster media literacy student for a lively discussion about media literacy on St. Louis' Public Radio's St. Louis On the Air. This is an annual Media Literacy Week Tradition that you won't want to miss!
Listen to the program here.
Fact-checking in a "Post-Fact" World
Tuesday, November 6
12:30pm - 1:30pm
St. Louis Community College - Meramec
Business Administration Building (BA) 105
11333 Big Bend Road
Panelists will provide concrete steps to navigate the confusing world of “fake” information. English Professor David Taylor will show how to demystify urban myths; Political Science Professor John Messmer will demonstrate fact-checking of political information, and Communications Professor Christaan Eayrs will show how media literacy is fundamental to healing our democracy.
Fighting Fake: The Case for News Literacy
Peter Adams, News Literacy Project
Thursday, November 8
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Kranzberg Arts Center Studio
501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis
Join GMLP and headline speaker Peter Adams from New Literacy Project in Chicago for an evening of news literacy, food, and a cash bar! Peter will discuss the concept of news literacy and make the case for incorporating news literacy into our curriculums. All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.
News Literacy Project
Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president of education and is based in Chicago. Peter began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools. He has also worked as a trainer with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, a youth media after-school instructor in the Chicago public schools and an adjunct instructor at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges’ Wilbur Wright campus.
Peter is a graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in English and African-American studies and co-founded an independent monthly student newspaper, and has a master's degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago.
Film Screening: Mr. Soul!
St. Louis International Film Festival
Friday, November 9
Brown Hall Auditorium
Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive
GMLP will host a screening of the film Mr. Soul! for the St. Louis International Film Festival during Media Literacy Week 2018! As part of this event with Cinema St. Louis, GMLP President Marteana Davidson will interview the co-director of the film, Melissa Haizlip. All are welcome! This event is free and open to the public.
About the Film
Directors: Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard
On the heels of the civil-rights movement, one fearless black pioneer — Ellis Haizlip — reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national television stage. Haizlip contained Whitman-esque multitudes — he was hip, smart, innovative, political, and gay — and through his personal fight for social equality, he ensured that the revolution would be televised via “Soul!,” a distinctly black take on “The Tonight Show” template. Launched in 1968 in New York, “Soul!” received a nationwide rollout on PBS the next year. By the program’s end in 1973, host and producer Haizlip had created more than 130 hour-long shows that featured a dazzling array of A-list guests, including Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou, Ashford and Simpson, Nikki Giovanni, Al Green, and Muhammad Ali — even a 16-year-old Arsenio Hall doing magic tricks. “Mr. Soul!” — co-directed by Melissa Haizlip and 2017 SLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Sam Pollard — provides an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the groundbreaking “Soul!,” from its initial conception to its final broadcast, including the very public battle to keep it on the air despite a shifting political landscape.