Launching Spring 2018
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WHAT IS THE SPEAKERS BUREAU?
The Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Speakers Bureau is a collection of media literacy professionals, advocates, and educators who are available to present and/or give interactive workshops on the topic of media literacy for your specific audience or event. The bureau provides the opportunity for your organization to identify a speaker with a background or knowledge specific to an industry or audience, ensuring the presentation and resources are meaningful and appropriate. Speakers will help clarify how media literacy is relevant to your specific stakeholders and why media literacy education is a necessary 21st century skill for all. Presentations and workshops can be as little as 30-45 minutes in length or longer.
Who are the speakers?
The speakers selected by GMLP come from a variety of backgrounds, experience, and industries. Each presenter is active in the media literacy community and can provide an interdisciplinary perspective in a field such as PK-12 education, higher education, advocacy, disabilities, media production, and more. Check out the list of speakers in the menu to the left or scroll down to read more about each of our speakers.
How do I request a speaker?
Are you interested in booking a media literacy presenter? Check out the list of presenters in the menu to the right or scroll down to browse through speakers bios. You can select "Book this Presenter" under the speaker photo or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us help you find the best presenter for your needs.
Adjunct Professor, Webster University
Media Literacy: An International Context
Media Literacy & Social Activism
About this Presenter
A St. Louis native, Jessica Bellomo spent nearly 10 years at a non-profit that focuses on international diplomacy and education, called the World Affairs Council. She worked on a State Department program called the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which hosts international visitors for 3-week professional exchanges. In 2016, she switched into the corporate world where she manages events and public relations for a mortgage services company. Jess is also an adjunct professor at Webster University, where she teaches media literacy.
Jess is currently Treasurer of Gateway Media Literacy Partners (GMLP) and has served in various capacities on the board since 2010. She also served on the board of the United Nations Association of St. Louis for several years. She received her Master's in Public Relations with an unofficial emphasis in media literacy from Webster University. Before that she earned a double undergraduate degree from St. Louis University in Sociology and International Studies, with a minor in Political Science, a certificate in Italian Studies and a certificate in Women's Studies. She spent a semester abroad in Rome and speaks (some pretty rusty) Italian.
Natasha Casey, PhD
Communication Professor, Blackburn College
Media & Information Literacy
Media & Information Literacy in Higher Education
History of Media Literacy
Development of Media Literacy in the US
About this Presenter
Natasha Casey is associate professor of communications at Blackburn College, Illinois where she teaches a variety of courses including media and information literacy, and communication theory. She holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) and is originally from Ireland.
She has presented her media literacy research at numerous conferences including the National Association for Media Literacy Education (Chicago), the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (Toronto), the 16th Annual Information Literacy Summit (Illinois), and the International Media Education Summit (Rome, Italy).
Natasha is the current secretary of the board of directors at Gateway Media Literacy Partners, the National Association for Media Literacy Education leadership council, and a member of the North American Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) communication and organizational development committee.
Video Technology Coordinator, Ladue High School
Media Literacy Principles
Advertising & the Media
Media Literacy Production Values
About this Presenter
Marteana Davidson is Video Technology Coordinator at Ladue High School. She manages the Charles Marshal Video Technology Center and TV Studio and is the production coordinator for the district program, Ladue Schools Today. Davidson provides video production assistance to teachers and students
at the high school and to the district communications office. Her goal is to keep students abreast of the latest technologies and strategies related to media production and media literacy.
Marteana earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Webster University and is the current President of Gateway Media Literacy Partners.
Special Education Advocate
Disabilities & Media
Special Education & Social Media
Students with Disabilities & Social Media
About this Presenter
Donnell Probst is an emerging media literacy professional and a special education advocate pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Science. As the parent of a child with a disability, Donnell has spent the better part of the last decade helping parents of children with disabilities navigate the system of special education supports and services through group trainings, one-to-one mentoring, and speaking engagements. Donnell has worked with several disability and special education organizations including MPACT (Missouri’s Parent and Training Information Center), the Missouri Developmental Disability Council, as well as St. Louis Special School District and has presented at numerous conferences on the impact of media representation of disabilities in education and how students with disabilities navigate the world of media.
Donnell is currently the vice president of the board and chair of the Communication Committee at Gateway Media Literacy Partners and serves on the Student Leadership Council for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).