More than 350 media literacy educators (teachers, professors, journalists, film makers, non-profit execs, activists) convened in Philly this past weekend for NAMLE 2011 Conference: “Global Visions, Local Connections: Voices in Media Literacy Education.” The City of Brotherly Love was a perfect context for what turned out to be a highly social and intellectually stimulating 4 days. For the sake of full disclosure, I served as Program Chair for the past 2 years (!) of event planning while on the NAMLE Board of Directors. I am particularly pleased with the diversity of programming as reflected in the strands that emerged from a record-breaking 200+ submissions in response to our call for proposals. I highlight the emergent strands because I think they not only signal tremendous growth of NAMLE as a membership organization, but also articulate the complexity and richness of the field of media literacy education. The conference strands were:
Two of my favorite attendees—
Ronnie Lowenstein & Douglas Rushkoff. You can find

Rushkoff’s latest book [here]

  • Curriculum Development & Integration
  • Community Engagement & Social Change
  • Voices from China
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Faith-based Media Literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • Media and Diversity
  • News Literacy
  • Parent Education
  • Research
  • Social Media and Civic Engagement
  • School-University Partnerships
  • Teacher Education

I also debuted this year the Meet the Author sessions and the Digital Poster format (through Glogster). Here is an example of a digital poster. We had a few last-minute cancellations, which presented some challenges for implementing these new programmatic features, but there is now plenty of time to work out the kinks before NAMLE 2013 in Los Angeles.

The conference keynote addresses were incredible and diverse. Thank you, Mohammed Bilal, Douglas Rushkoff, and Madeline DiNonno. They are all spectacular at what they do. I also have to give major digital knuckle bumps to my NAMLE Board colleagues who gave 110%—especially Deb Parker (SLEM3), Rhys Daunic (The Media Spot), Ethan Delevan (Seattle Country Day), Annelise Wunerlich (ITVS), and Carol Tizzano (Picture Perfect Productions).

A special thanks to Renee Hobbs (left) for providing clarity
to copyright, meaning to digital and media literacy, and
priviliging the pedagogy. You can find her newest book [here].

I apologize for not getting around to meeting all those presenters whose work I have come to know and appreciate through this conference planning process. Please feel free to connect so we can collaborate in the near future. Let’s find ways to continue the conversation about media literacy education: Webinar? Skype Mini-Conference? Illuminate through Elluminate? You get the idea. At the very least, I will look forward to seeing you all again at NAMLE 2013 in Los Angeles. You can also follow me on Twitter @vanessadomine.

NAMLE 2011 Conference Highlights

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