WHAT IS MEDIA LITERACY?
MEDIA LITERACY IS THE ABILITY TO ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE AND CREATE MEDIA IN A VARIETY OF FORMS. ~ NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MEDIA LITERACY EDUCATION (NAMLE)
We live in a world saturated by media, and it can be difficult to navigate. The line between truth and fiction isn't always clear. By learning and teaching the core concepts of media literacy–– being able to recognize biases within media; the how, when, and why we are being targeted; being aware of what isn’t being shown; using our imagination and intention to produce meaningful messages in our own media–– we are together building the foundation needed to effectively examine the world around us in order to become informed and responsible citizens. These navigation skills and habits of critical thinking and dialogue go a long way as we all try to make sense of the information we see and hear every day.
The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today's world. - NAMLE