Around here, when we say “confluence,” we immediately think of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers
coming together, with St. Louis at the confluence—their junction place.
And as unique as that is to our community, so is what is happening in the media literacy community,
right here in Missouri and Illinois--a happy confluence of people assembling to discuss and
practice media literacy, enlivening this democracy skill in our bi-state region.
Media literacy, Missouri-Illinois style.
I like to think GMLP enlivens the word “confluence,“ and that we‘re the town square, complete with
individuals and institutions with connections to local, national and international media literacy
resources. But we’d be a ghost-town without our institutional partners. We succeed because of
them, and maintain much gratitude for them.
And a great THANKS goes to our greater community, whose understanding of what media literacy is didn’t come by accident. But oh, the work continues, for the many who still are not acquainted with the term. I tell you, we can’t be slackers when it comes to our education and awareness roles. Such is the reason we try to celebrate when we can, to let community know what this necessary 21 st -Century critical- thinking skill is all about.
National Media Literacy Week
This week is National Media Literacy Week. As a founding organizational member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education’s National Media Literacy Week, GMLP is proudly showcasing offerings produced expressly for this celebration, giving voice to media literacy’s role in community.
Begun in 2004 as an affinity group, and becoming a nonprofit in 2007, GMLP this week celebrates its 12th year, and its 11th Media Literacy Week right alongside its loyal institutional partners. It’s wonderful to note, regardless of their line of work, they believe media literate communities are good for our economic development. Our recent efforts underscore that point.
The St. Louis community should already be aware of the coming together of a team of partners, last
Led by GMLP Institutional partner, Webster University, the MFOW partners-- Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Center, St. Louis Public Library, Teachers’ Recycling Center, Cardinal Glennon Foundation and Hospitals, and GMLP—are enlivening early-childhood education, specifically focused on closing the vocabulary gap in St. Louis neighborhoods. For our part, GMLP invites Dr. Faith Rogow, nationally-respected media literacy educator, to lead educator and parent workshops Nov. 4 and 5. We have loved working with our partners and look forward to seeing how we can improve on what we have already accomplished. Thanks, again, to the PNC Foundation.
Local intersects with ….the WORLD
And yet another coming together, just a month ago…a group of media and information literacy
educators and organizations, representing a broad range of sectors, including GMLP and
Blackburn College in Illinois, met at Western University, London, Ontario, to form the North
American Sub-Chapter of the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media andInformation Literacy (GAPMIL) network. I urge you to read the particulars in the
Such an initiative, while global in scope, brings great media literacy learning and activity-minded
engagement for all of us here in the bi-state region, and most assuredly complements our
longtime partnerships with GMLP partner, the Council on World Affairs, the U.S. State
Department, and the Center for Media Literacy, a GMLP Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award winner, has been an integral part of the work toward completing the North American Sub-Chapter of GAPMIL.
Coming together Takes Time
As we are acutely aware in the media literacy education field, partnerships and coalitions take
time, tenacity and patience… as well as a keen understanding of each other’s goals; and with
regular massaging to keep blood flowing. I am grateful to Clair Lorell of the American Society
of News Editors www.asne.org for taking the time, over the past two years, to work with
GMLP and partners, St. Louis Press Club and St. Louis Community College and St. Louis Public
Radio, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , to effect a forum you won’t want to miss, Nov. 2.
Please join us by registering to attend LOCAL MEDIA AND INFORMED VOTING. It was slow to come, but sure-footed, and we are grateful, here in the bi-state region Localism as it relates to news and media literacy are at the core of what both consumers and creators of media must concern themselves with.
And the work continues…
Last year, you may recall, we gleefully welcomed the first National Media Literacy Week, a coming
together of individuals and institutions, across the country, mirroring what our Canadian friends had
been doing for years, and what we had been sustaining, here, for years, on a much smaller scale.
And this year we announce yet more unions,-- important relationships that continue to serve and
benefit us locally, regionally and globally.
Happy Media Literacy Week, Dear Community! And if we can get past this election cycle unscathed,
we’ll be doing it again, next year. Please, please, please check out our great offerings at
Happy Confluences, indeed.
Jessica Z. Brown, founder, Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Inc.