Journal of Media Literacy Education 4:3 now available

I just released my second issue as co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE), the flagship journal of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (for which I serve as 1st Vice President). JMLE is an online interdisciplinary journal that supports the development of research, scholarship and the pedagogy of media literacy education. It is an excellent publication venue for media literacy scholars, practitioners and doctoral students new to the world of academic publishing. You can learn more about the journal [here]. I frame this electic composition of articles with the following:

More than a century ago, educational philosopher John Dewey asserted in My Pedagogical Creed his belief that “education must be conceived as a continuing reconstruction of experience; that the process and the goal of education are one and the same thing.” The discipline of media literacy education (MLE) has evolved in recent decades to magnify this pedagogical principle. Regardless of educational setting, MLE has emerged as a process moreso than a subject to be taught. A core principle of MLE is to to intentionally and systematically cultivate critical thinking among learners of all ages. In this regard, the process and goal of media literacy education can be thought of as “one and the same thing.” In other words, the focus is not on what we teach as media literacy educators as much as it is on how we teach it. The articles, essays, and reviews that comprise this issue of the JMLE feature classroom teachers, adolescent youth, college students, and researchers as they work to bring the process and goal of media literacy education into one focal point. [read and comment]

For the first time, articles from the JMLE are available on namle.net for reading/viewing and commenting. You can still download the PDF files from jmle.org. One of our goals in the next year is to cultivate more multimedia submissions in an effort to more closely align the form and function of the journal. The graphics and logo also need rejuvenation. If you have ideas, please send them to me at domine at jmle dot org. Also, if you’d like to be a manuscript/submission reviewer, just create a free account and sign up at jmle.org. 

In looking ahead to the 2013 NAMLE Conference (“Intersections: Teaching and Learning Across Media”) in Torrance, CA July 12-13, the June 2013 issue of JMLE will be “required reading” for the conference. If you are interested in submitting something on transmedia or a similar conference-related topic, send me a query at domine at jmle dot org. If you want to present at the conference itself, then follow the steps outlined on the Conference web site.

JMLE 5:1 will come out at the end of February 2013. Stay tuned.

Major digital knuckle bump to my new JMLE editorial assistant, Michelle Thomas, who is pursuing her master’s degree in English Education at Montclair State University. 

Journal of Media Literacy Education 4:3 Now Available
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