Registration for the two-day 2019 Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference is open!

The two-day 2019 Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference will take place on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island on the Rhode Island College campus.

Here is the link to register. One day registration is $99; two-day registration is $149. A light breakfast and light lunch will be served.

  • Friday, November 8, 2019 is devoted to K-12-focused professionals — teachers, paraprofessionals, librarians, after-school program staff, and cultural workers. With 4-75 minute sessions led by media literacy trainers and practitioners, participants will have the opportunity for intensive and personalized immersion into best critical digital media literacy practices.
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 will be a day for university professionals to join together to discuss ways that media literacy researchers and theorists can move beyond the concept of fake news to invite new paradigms around digital media as information, entertainment, and persuasion. In 3-75 minute sessions and 1 research poster session, we’ll break down fundamental divisions between theory and practice, acknowledging and deconstruction pedagogies of assent, dissent, and transformation.

Each conference day will end with a panel discussion about “Media Perspectives and Patterns: What Should You Know?”

  • Friday panelists include Carolyn Fortuna, past recipient of the ILA Reading and Technology Award; Mike Gange, a 30 year teacher in media studies, journalism & Canadian studies; Ben Boyington, high school educator and critical media literacy advocate; and Michelle Ciccone, technology integration specialist at Foxborough (MA) High School.
  • Saturday panelists include Renee Hobbs, founder of the Media Education Lab and the “Mind over Media — Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda” platform; Gus Andrews, media literacy and digital security scholar; Julie Frechette, professor of Communication at Worcester State University and co-president of ACME; and Faith Rogow, author of Media Literacy In Every Classroom from ASCD.

We’re looking forward to a full house and robust conversations about the place and power of media literacy in today’s world. Register now, as space is limited.

In the meantime, thanks for spreading the word about the importance of media literacy across multiple contexts — and for sharing the news about this conference!

Carolyn Fortuna, PhD, program chair