Additionally, there’s such a clamor to know more about media literacy, and how it can make a difference in our lives, throughout our lives. So, we hope to be “on top of it,” when it comes to curating media literacy-focused content, and that you find the web site friendly, with easy navigation, and with easy access …an ability to connect with us in a variety of ways.
Thanks to GMLP’s Communications Committee co-chairs, Emily McNew and David Sheets, as well as our longtime web site communications specialist, Derek Schroeder, for working tirelessly to re-birth our website and bring media literacy back to the community in our own unique way.
As a provider of media literacy-focused information, both online and off, GMLP hopes to point you to other proponents and enthusiasts-- possible collaborators and partners –facilitating your pursuit of direct or indirect community-focused media literacy outreach, research and networking possibilities.
And, it’s important to know, GMLP comprising myriad talents from the public, private, volunteer and independent sectors, is also well-connected with national and international media literacy proponents and enthusiasts, thus emboldening our status as your media literacy hub, where people, resources and a love of and belief in the field converge.
Today, the need for media literacy is even more important than it was a little more than ten years ago, when GMLP sprouted as an affinity group. The case for sustained media literacy education is even greater and more compelling than it was when we became a noprofit in 2007, with community craving for ways to negotiate the barrage of media messages we encounter daily… and well understanding the serious implications if we do nothing. Moreover, we know now, media literacy—a 21st-Century critical-thinking skill relating to all media-- is a proposition comprising not only discerning consumerism of media’s myriad messages but serious consideration of media production/making…..and doesn’t that apply to all of us?
As such, I’m grateful for our institutional partners who continuously support us and know, themselves, that this recognition of the need for sustained media literacy education applies to their own stakeholders, too, who--every single one of them--can use media literacy to begin to provide that nexus for change we are so often seeking in so many of the circles we inhabit.
Toward that end, my gratitude is ever-flowing for GMLP’s tremendous and diverse board of directors, some of whom I work with daily, some of whom have been with us from the beginning; others new and feeling their way. All these volunteers share this recognition of the worth of ongoing media literacy…for each and every one of us. Their tieless efforts to keep this viable organization going in both old and new ways, is a great comfort as I prepare to give up my gavel.
So, our website is back, and it will represent a key to our past as well as a vital link to GMLP’s
future…one that has an inextricable tie with our community.
Therefore, in closing, I hope our web presence communicates to our audiences, GMLP stands poised to develop new friends, and at the same time communicates what a privilege it is keeping our old ones, earning their validation from time-to-time, because of the foundation we’ve layed, here in the St. Louis region. But, ultimately, let our site also be the face that communicates to a countless number of citizens who have never heard of media literacy, our charge to whet appetites for the virtues of media literacy and the great feeling of empowerment that comes with this important critical-thinking skills set.