Media literacy is a big yet crucial topic that can be hard to digest all at once for some people. To make the subject a little easier to consume, Gateway Media Literacy Partners offers media literacy "appetizers" as part of this year's Media Literacy Week, Nov. 1-7.
The appetizers are part of the GMLP Partner Showcase, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Black Box Theater of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, 1201 S. Warson Road, Ladue, Mo., 63124. The event is free and open to the public.
Menu items include:
Mark Albrecht – Local artist and founder, Project Engage Network. Mark is piloting a TV show that follows his 11-year-old son Xavion, who wants to become a chef and restauranteur. The premise of the show, "U.City ROOTS!: Watch Us Grow," centers on discovering local, sustainable resources, empowering youth through media, and building community at the grassroots level.
Marvin Beckerman – Ph.D., chairman of the Citizen’s Education Clearinghouse (CECH) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Beckerman discusses CECH, a program that brings local government and education together to teach school-age children about government and civics.
Don Goble – Ladue Horton Watkins instructor, Journalism Education Association (JEA) National
Broadcast Adviser of the Year, lead PBS digital innovator, Apple Distinguished Educator, and
GMLP Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award honoree. Don discusses the student media website www.lhstv.weebly.com, a publication offering multimedia student productions, blogs, and many different genres of videos and news. The site was produced by Ladue broadcasting students to promote student programming and demonstrate media literacy skills.
Donnell Probst – Special education advocate, Arizona State University, Student Leadership
Council member, National Association for Media Literacy Education, and president, Media Literacy
Now-Missouri Chapter. Donnell's presentation, "Disability and Media: Opportunities for Research, Praxis and Pedagogy in Media Literacy Education," provides an overview of disability in media and media literacy education and describes the impact of excluding disabilities from the media literacy
Julie Smith – Media literacy educator and author of "Master the Media: Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-in World." Julie highlights key ideas from her new book that helps educators and non-educators gain confidence in teaching media literacy.
Dick Weiss – Founder of Weisswrite, former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor, and former president and longtime board member of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis. Dick discusses research and reporting on 10 15-year-olds as the next 25- to 40-year-olds and what media literacy and journalism should mean to them. The research stems from enterprise journalism sponsored by the Press Club.
Mychal A. Voorhees – Community outreach and public health services coordinator, Bernard
Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine. Michael highlights the library's programming efforts and services that are dedicated to improving health literacy for a variety of clinicians, researchers, and students.
GMLP gives special thanks to Ladue Horton Watkins High School media literacy educators Marteana Davidson and Don Goble