Media Literacy for the 21st Century: We Are All Journalists Now

Streamed Live March 2, 2018 – 11:30am (EST)

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What is the future and fate of journalism – and our democracy – now that technology gives every citizen the chance to be his or her own broadcast tower?

In this chaotic and saturated 21st century media landscape, every citizen needs the skills of a well-trained journalist in order to be both a better consumer of media and a responsible creator of media.

This special one-hour live webcast will include regional and national experts who provide crucial information to help young people and adults develop critical thinking skills; learn how to authenticate information; improve accuracy and clarity in writing; and distinguish the different types of information they encounter on the internet and in the news media.

The program’s panel of experts and educators also will discuss and debate challenges facing the media industry in the current politically charged and partisan atmosphere in our country; and they will debate ways to counter “journalism of affirmation,” a political media strategy that attracts viewers by cherry-picking information and propaganda that affirms the biases and pre-conceived notions of its audiences.

Viewers will be able to submit questions for the panel through social media and have those questions answered live during the program. WQED Multimedia also will provide customizable marketing/promotion materials and Discussion Guides for groups to hold off-site Watch Parties and town hall meetings.


The resourses below are provided to assist member stations in engaging their audience and educational partners. Press releases and eCards can and should be updated to incorporate the member station’s branding.

The NewseumEd Media Literacy Booster Pack

Social Media Strategy Guide

Discussion Guide

Customizable Press Release

Customizable eCard

Customizable Flyer